February 16, 2009

Hall has UW connection

After landing three players from the state of Florida in its 2009 recruiting class, the Wisconsin coaching staff has already identified a host of prospects in the class of 2010.

Entering his second season with the University of Wisconsin, defensive line coach Charlie Partridge is leading the charge in Sunshine State once again.

Sunday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught up Darion Hall, a junior running back from Naples (Fla) Lely, to discuss his early offer list.

"Well, right now I'm hearing from Clemson, West Virginia, Miami, Wisconsin, SMU and Ohio State," Hall said. "Of those schools, I have offers from Miami, West Virginia, Wisconsin and SMU."

Since arriving on campus in 2004 as defensive coordinator under Barry Alvarez, Bret Bielema has been known for recruiting Florida. The Naples area, along with Fort Lauderdale, has produced a handful of current and future players.

One of those players, linebacker Culmer St. Jean, resides from the same high school as Hall.

"I actually know Culmer pretty well," Hall said. "When I was young I'd play playground football with all of those guys. He's told me a lot of good things about Wisconsin. He really likes it up there."

Already holding an offer from the Hurricanes, many assume it's a one-team race for the 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back. Hall, however, admitted that was not the case.

"I wouldn't say Miami holds a lead," he said. "Right now I'm interested in all the teams. I'd like to get up north to check out West Virginia and Wisconsin. I like the way West Virginia uses its running backs, and I know a handful of players who are heading up that way."

With junior-day season already underway, don't expect to see Hall touring any campuses this spring.

"I'm not really sure if I'll go to any junior days," Hall said. "Right now I don't plan on attending any junior days."

As a junior, Hall rushed for 1,971 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had 10 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns.

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