February 13, 2009

Stud RB from Florida likes OSU

When Ohio State was down in Naples, Florida scouting and recruiting 2009 running back Carlos Hyde of Naples High School, they may have come across another gem unintentionally.

While in the area gathering all the info on Hyde, its possible the Buckeyes caught a glimpse of Naples (Fla.) Lely high school running back Darion Hall, who is already picking up a slew of offers.

"I am sure that's how they discovered Darion," said Lely head coach Steve Pricer. "They got plenty of film on Hyde and he had a big night against Naples when we played them."

Ohio State has been in contact with Pricer in regards to Hall, and the head coach is fairly positive about what he has heard from representatives in Columbus.

"There has been discussion about his athletic ability and their desire to recruit him," Pricer said of his communications with representatives from Ohio State. "They expressed to me that they were pretty positive that they were going to offer him. They felt he was one of the better backs in the nation that they had seen."

Pricer may have heard pretty positive remarks from Ohio State, but the head coach is certain Hall is capable of great things on the football field.

"This is my 33rd year as a football coach in Florida and he is really the best running back I have ever coached and he is certainly one of the best ones I have ever seen," Pricer said. "I have seen a lot of good ones down here, but he is a very special kid."

Hall said Ohio State hasn't yet gotten in contact with him, but the junior stud said he was certainly interested in the Buckeyes and hopes to hear from them in the future.

When asked where the Buckeyes would be placed on his list if they came through with an offer, Hall responded, "In my top three."

"They have been talking to my coaches a lot about me, so I guess they want me," Hall said.

In Hall's junior season, there were plenty of fireworks to draw attention in his direction.

This past season, Hall rushed the ball 169 times for 1,791 yards and 21 touchdowns, which was good enough to be the No. 6 rusher in the state of Florida despite missing a regular season game. Hall also sported the ability to bring down balls from the air, recieivng 10 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns.

Posting those numbers has gone a long way in terms of drawing attention to himself, as Hall has already racked up offers from Clemson, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, and is drawing interest from Ohio State, Miami, and SMU.

"I was really shocked at first," Hall said of all the attention he is grabbing during the early stages of his recruitment process. "They are all good programs and really good schools and everything. I am getting used (to the recruiting process now) and I am happy with it."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back who runs a 4.37 40-yard dash said he was ready to listen to what the Buckeyes have to say.

"It is really exciting," Hall said of having Ohio State interested in him. "It is a really good program with a good football team and I am excited they are interested in me."

Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for BuckeyeGrove.com. He can be reached at [email protected].

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