The way recruiting goes these days, elite defensive line prospects don’t just pop onto a program’s radar out of the blue at this point in the process. The only way it happens is if a player de-commits.
That’s how a player like Terrell Hall can all of a sudden become an option for teams like Alabama, Penn State, and Notre Dame at the beginning of August. Ohio State’s loss should end up being another program’s gain with a physically gifted defensive end like Hall.
There aren’t too many others that look the part of a college defensive end than Terrell Hall. He is put together and has the frame to get to the 270 range without much trouble. He could walk into a college locker room right now and fit right in. he is a very good athlete with some twitchiness and he runs very well for his size. There isn’t much more anyone could want from him from a physical and athletic standpoint as a prospect.
Hall has a good first step and plays with good pad level the majority of the time, which is great to see from such a tall player. I really like how he fights on contact and he plays with good effort. He’s able to make plays from the backside and shows strength at the point of attack. When he uses his hands and gets a punch at the line, he can bully blockers and get great penetration into the backfield.
The big issue that Hall needs to work on is consistency with his hands. He will fire off the ball, but has poor hand placement a lot of time and is not always in control of his body. He ends up on the ground too often, but not from getting pushed back. It’s because he is almost overaggressive and not feeling the block that he is facing. Yes, it can be disruptive when he does this. He also misses out on tackles for losses because of it as well.
He’s asked to shoot gaps inside a lot and does a nice job of getting low and ripping through the inside shoulder of an offensive lineman.
He has great potential as a pass rusher and can bend better than a lot of other players his size. He is just raw with his hands and needs to learn to finish and be under better control of his body. If he can do that, he has the chance to be special.
I do think he could play as four technique in a 3-4 defense, but is athletic enough to fit as a strong side defensive end in a 4-3.
I think Hall has 5 star upside as a prospect with his physical tools and the way he gets off the football. If he develops his hands, he could end up being an All-American caliber defensive lineman that makes a ton of plays in the backfield.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach)