Position: Wide receiver, safety, returner
Height: 5-11 Weight: 185
2012 stats: 56 receptions for 977 yards and seven touchdowns. Four interceptions, including one for a touchdown. 30 tackles. Four kickoff return touchdowns, one punt return touchdown.
Recruiting: Offer from UT Martin. Chattanooga, Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky have shown interest. He’s being recruited as a receiver.
Dre Hall and Columbia quarterback Matt Markham have developed a good relationship after playing together for years. “We’ve been together since we were like, 5. So we basically knew each other for a long time. We threw the ball a little bit in (youth football). I think it’s a big advantage because sometimes people will try to lock me down, and we have to work in somebody else to get them open. So it’s good to have somebody that I know well back there.”
The post routes and back routes have worked best for Hall and Markham this season. “That’s really something that nobody has figured out how to stop yet, so we’ll probably stick to those two for the rest of the playoffs. On the back route you push 18 yards, you break down and come back toward the quarterback, and head for the sideline and get a first down. On the post route the coach tells (Matt), ‘Just throw it. You’re not going to overthrow him.’ He just throws it, and I go get it.”
Hall’s uniform number is five, the same number his uncle, Trance Horton, wore at Columbia. “We’ve been carrying on the tradition with No. 5. He was on the 2001 team that went undefeated (in the regular season) and got knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. Every time I see him he tells me about that story. I actually was at the game when it happened. I think they got lackadaisical and unfocused. He tells me that I’m better than him, but I don’t see it.”
Hall is drawing lots of attention from opposing defenses. “I know I’ve been double-covered for at least the last three games. I like it a little bit because I draw more attention, so it can free up our running backs and other receivers. Matt and I check off a lot. We look at each other a lot, so we know what we’re going to do. We read the coverages. If I’m getting man-to-man coverage on one side, we’ll check off to another route. Or if I’m getting zone, we’ll check off and he’ll throw it to the back side because the linebacker will probably jump under me, so I’m getting double-covered.”