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Friday, May 10, 2013
Longhorns offer Baylor pledge Hall

By William Wilkerson

Fret no more Longhorns faithful, Texas has finally offered ESPN 150 athlete Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau).

Now the question becomes, can coach Mack Brown and Co. sway him away from his verbal commitment to Baylor?

Only time will tell but the Longhorns took the first step toward being able to do so by offering Hall on Thursday as an athlete, according to his head coach Brian Brown.

“Coach [Stacy] Searels had come in yesterday,” Brown said. “He’s been in a couple of times. He talked to me yesterday and said that they thought they were going to offer. They have been evaluating him. Coach [Duane] Akina came last year and watched practice too.”

The offer was made official when Hall got a call from Mack Brown this afternoon.

Brian Brown has been unable to talk to Hall about the offer because Hall is traveling to Austin for the state track meet on Texas’ campus this weekend. Hall will run in the 4-by-400 and 4-by-200 relays at the state track meet.

But Brown has a pretty good feeling he knows how Hall will react.

“I couldn’t tell you today. He is a great, nice kid,” Brown said. “I’m going to talk to him Monday and I’m going to say he is probably pretty excited about it.”

Hall is the No. 9 athlete in the country and the No. 10 player in Texas. He also has offers from Arkansas, LSU, Notre Dame, SMU, Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas State and Texas Tech.

Despite many high-profiled programs on board, Hall has maintained his commitment to the Bears, which he made on Feb. 2.

“It’s funny, some schools come in early and some come in late,” Brown said. “I was telling Coach Searels they have the hardest job in the world. It’s not like drafting or us. We get what we get. Some have different timetables. Some are waiting on grades.”

Whatever the holdup was for Texas, it’s over now. The Longhorns are in hot pursuit and are selling him on the ability to play a variety of different places.

“Coach Searels talked to me about that and said that he can play outside receiver and safety,” Brown said. “That’s what you get with him. He is good enough to play either one of those, I can tell you that.”

Brown said Hall has broken two helmets with hits the past two seasons as a safety.

“He’s one of the best one’s I’ve ever coached,” Brown said. “We’ve been lucky enough to have [former Oregon Duck and current San Francisco 49er running back] LaMichael James and some other guys come through our school, but he is an all-around great football player.

“He’s a great hitter at safety. He can catch the ball and is a great punt returner. He plays wildcat. I’m telling you he is a hell of a football player.”