The Florida Gators recruiting list had two official visitors on it for last weekend’s game against the Tennessee Volunteers and they were treated to a great weekend in Gainesville.
One of those official visitors was defensive end Terrell Hall (6-5, 251, Washington D.C., St. John’s College High) who arrived on Saturday and stayed until Monday.
“It was fun, it was a really fun trip,” Hall said. “I got to tour the campus, see who I would spend most of time with like Coach [Chris] Rumph, I got to see how basically they prepare for the game, I got to eat dinner with them and then talk to all of the coaches. I also got to watch film with them.”
Hall was able to witness one of the best games in the Swamp and he noticed how the fans interacted with the current and future Gators players and that was impressive to him.
“That was a great game to take my official visit too,” he said. “It was a great game to watch and it was a great atmosphere. The way they ended the game it was crazy. It was funny the way the players and fans interacted with each other and stuff. I had fans high fiving me after the Tennessee kicker missed the kick. It was a great experience.”
After the game on Saturday and all day Sunday the Florida Gators recruiting visitor was able to spend a lot of time with defensive line coach Chris Rumph.
“Coach Rumph was being completely honest with me and telling me that they are going to have guys leaving on the defensive line so they are going to be weak at that position next year,” Hall said. “He was telling me that he needed someone to fill that void on the defensive line and then he was just giving me advice on the whole recruiting process.”
Rumph was also telling Hall that he could play multiple positions on the Florida Gators defensive line and that was music to Hall’s ears.
“He basically told me he wanted me to play both strong side and weak side defensive end,” he said of Rumph’s message to him. “He said that it depends on which one I’m better at once I get down there. He said that it would just depend on how I performed in practice as to which position I would play.”
Most prospects that come in contact with Rumph come away impressed by his personality and Hall had that impression as well.
“Coach Rumph is a real energetic guy to be around and the players love him,” Hall said. “He’s a real funny guy but he tries to get the most out of his players. He interacts really well with his guys though and I really like his energy.”
Hall was also impressed by how much the players love Florida Gators head football coach Jim McElwain already after being on the job for less than a year.
“Coach McElwain is also a really good guy and the players love him too. Some players said they would fight for Coach McElwain if they had too,” he said. “That was really good to here since Coach McElwain hasn’t been there long and the players already love him.”
When Hall was able to sit down with McElwain on Monday the Gators head coach shared a special message with the Washington DC prospect.
“Coach McElwain was talking not just about football but also what a Florida degree means to people,” Hall said. “He said that a Florida degree carries a lot because they have a lot of Gators around the country. Also he said that there a lot of Gators involved in sports communication and those are the things that I’m very interested in.”
Now that Hall has visited the Gators, the defensive end says he likes Florida a lot and wants to return to Gainesville with his family.
“This visit definitely met my expectations and I loved it,” he said. “My family wasn’t able to make it but hopefully I’m able to get back down there with my mom so she can see everything for herself.”
INSIDERS TAKE: The Florida Gators recruiting efforts on Hall have been great and if Florida is able to get him back on campus then I like the Gators chances, but right now I would say Alabama is the team to beat. Hall definitely has a lot of interest in the Florida Gators though.