- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
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Three-star safety Jason Hall (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie) has finally committed to the Longhorns.
Hall, who confirmed the commitment via text, had long been rumored to be a Texas lean even before he decommitted from Nebraska on July 5. He had been committed to the Cornhuskers since May 8.
When he cuts ties with Bo Pelini’s program, though, Hall said there were other schools he was still considering such as Baylor, Oklahoma, Iowa and Utah.
But that all changed when he met with Texas head coach Mack Brown, co-recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers and defensive backs coach Duane Akina in Austin at the Texas Stampede on Saturday.
Hall, who stands 6-foot-3 and 192 pounds, helps the Longhorns fill a desperate position of need at the back end of their secondary. He is the first safety commitment of the class and the second defensive backs pledge along with ESPN 300 cornerback Jermaine Roberts (New Orleans/Saint Augustine).
It remains to be seen if Hall’s commitment has any affect on ESPN 300 safeties Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) and Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/Bowie), and four-star recruit John Bonney (Houston/Lamar).
Adams will officially visit Texas on Nov. 16 for the Oklahoma State game. Freeman has long had the Longhorns at the top of his list, ahead of TCU and Texas A&M, but still wants to visit LSU before he commits somewhere before his season. Bonney also wants to end his recruitment before the season kicks off but has been pretty mum on who his favorites are.
As for the here and now, though, Hall gives Texas its 22nd commitment in 2014 and a boost in its secondary. He will likely start out at safety but is versatile enough to play cornerback if needed.
He picked up his offer during Texas' June 9 minicamp.
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