With West Virginia’s 2022 recruiting class slowly moving toward completion, WVU head coach Neal Brown has kept an eye toward the future in offering recruits from the classes of 2023 and 2024.
One of the recruits that WVU has taken a major liking to is 2023 four-defensive lineman Jordan Hall from Westside High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Hall (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) has picked up offers Arizona State, UCONN, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Liberty, Marshall, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, UCF, Virginia Tech and now West Virginia.
— Jordan “BigBaby” Hall (@bigjay77) September 11, 2021
A talented defensive lineman from Florida, Hall has gotten a lot of interest from southern schools, but West Virginia has managed to work its way into the picture.
“Right after Sept. 1, maybe second or third, [WVU defensive line coach Andrew Jackson] hit me up and said he watched my film, was really just looking at me and wanted to get our relationship going in the recruiting process and personally,” Hall told WV Sports Now. “So, from there, he caught my eye with that because not many coaches want to get to know you personally. It’s always a football aspect.”
The relationship between WVU and Hall is still pretty recent, without a whole lot of time to truly grow, but Hall said his blossoming relationship with Jackson has allowed WVU to become a serious contender.
“I wouldn’t say I was surprised because I felt it coming, but I felt like this was more of the smoothest process of going into getting offered than the majority of the other ones that I’ve had,” Hall said.
However, while Hall said Jackson is a really down-to-earth guy, there’s not a whole lot to say about the process. In fact, he doesn’t even have a concrete list of top schools yet.
“I don’t even have a list right now. I’ve got a couple of schools in mind, and West Virginia just based off the fact of the relationship I’ve got going on with coach AJ, I’m starting to get this list going in my head. I don’t have one yet, but most definitely West Virginia is going to be in it.”
While Hall has followed WVU a bit over the years, pointing to explosive offenses in the past, but he’s not as familiar with the defenses. Coming to Morgantown and getting a better feel for the defense, the defensive line specifically, is already a plan.
“I want to get up there for a game and a visit just to see what it’s like, see what all the other coaches are like and the atmosphere and all that,” Hall said. “From what I’ve seen from coach AJ, he’s a cool individual.”
There isn’t an official date yet, but Hall said he wants to make it up to Morgantown this season to be able to explore his options soon.
Only a junior this year, Hall still has some time before he needs to lock in and commit to a college team, the whole process is finally starting to feel real.
“I didn’t really hit me hard until Sept. 1,” Hall said. “Seeing all the coaches that hit me that night, just waiting until it hit 12 o’clock. I fell asleep around 11:45 doing a project and I woke up to a bunch of dinging on my phone, and I’m like, ‘what is that?’ I forgot what the day it was.
“Luckily, coach AJ was one of the coaches that hit me up during that span, so the recruiting process has honestly been a blessing,” Hall said.
In the meantime, Hall is playing his junior season for Westside and looking pretty impactful along the defensive line.
Ummm yeah I block field goals too😎 pic.twitter.com/HP6EoSf79n
— Jordan “BigBaby” Hall (@bigjay77) September 12, 2021
While 247Sports hasn’t rated him yet, Rivals rates him as the 222nd-ranked recruit in the class of 2023, slotting in as the eighth-ranked defensive tackle and the 45th-ranked recruit from Florida.