Terrell Hall (left) and Aaron Hansford accept their Under Armour All-America jerseys (Photo: Intersport)
WASHINGTON – Terrell Hall and Aaron Hansford won’t just be representing an “Under Armour school” at the Under Armour All-America Game. They will be representing the school that produced the CEO of the company.
Hall, a defensive end, and Hansford, a linebacker, attend St. John’s College Prep in Washington, the alma mater of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. They are the first players from the school to play in the annual showcase.
Both players noted the connection during Monday’s stop on the Under Armour All-America Game Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance. The game is Jan. 2 in Florida.
“I have been dreaming about this since I was a kid,” Hansford said. “The fact that Kevin Plank went to this school and he created Under Armour entices me more to want to follow in his footsteps.”
Hall, the No. 8 weak-side defensive end in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite, decommitted from Ohio State among much fanfare in August. He’s looking forward to exploring his college options this fall. First on the list is Alabama, which he’ll visit unofficially for the second time this week.
“It was kind of a relief, I was feeling a lot of pressure,” Hall told USA TODAY Sports of making the decision to decomit. “I knew I wanted to take a look at some more schools, but you don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings or make anybody feel bad. But you have to make the best decision for you.”
Hall missed most of spring and some summer workouts due to a knee injury, but the 6-foot-5, 250-pound lineman has been back working with St. John’s in 3-4 coverage to show off his versatility. Some programs, such as Alabama, are looking at Hall as an outside linebacker rather than an end.
“(St. John’s) has been having me drop back into coverage and at the same time pass rushing,” Hall said. “So I’m basically playing the 3-4 right now, but it’s more balanced.”
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Hall hasn’t set a deadline to make a decision. There isn’t one school ahead of the others in his mind at this point, but he said Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M and UCLA are toward the top. He’s keeping his hometown school Maryland in mind, as well.
The senior will take his first official visit to Florida for the Florida vs. Tennessee game on Sept. 26. After that, his officials are up in the air.
As for what he looks for most in a program, among other things, Hall wants a defense that needs him.
“Where I feel like home, where I feel like I connect with the teammates… and then what fits me academically — do they have the major that I’m interested in? — and the coaching and the scheme they have me in. Do I feel like I’ll be able to work with this coach, do I feel like he has my interests in mind? Basically, whatever brings me the most success,” Hall said.
“It’s a conversation with Mom and my mentors, and once I really get out I’ll see who’s recruiting me the hardest.”
Hansford, ranked No. 22 in his position nationally, took his first official visit to Michigan State on Saturday. This weekend, he’ll visit Notre Dame and then Oregon the next weekend. He’ll see Florida and UCLA after the high school season is over.