Daeshon Hall, a 6’6” 240-pound defensive end from Lancaster Texas, announced this morning that he intends to sign his letter of intent with the University of Texas A&M, meaning that he has flipped from the verbal commitment he made to the University of Washington on June 29th, 2012 as part of the eight-man group of recruits that committed together at The Ram in University Village.
Hall has had a fairly complicated journey through the recruiting process. He originally gave his commitment to the University of Texas in early 2012 before pulling his verbal in order to commit to the Huskies, and appeared fairly confident in that decision for most of the summer. However, in the last few months he has been courted by, and has shown interest in, several other Texas universities, including Baylor, TCU, and A&M.
A&M in particular seemed to be the primary competition for Hall down the stretch, to the point that some recruiting analysts were willing to go so far as to call him an A&M lean despite his running commitment to Coach Sarkisian’s program. It appears those analysts were correct, and it appears that a desire to stay close to his home state of Texas factored heavily into the decision.
A consensus four-star recruit with a lanky edge-rusher’s frame, I believe Hall has the potential to be a terror for opposing quarterbacks, especially once he has had time to put on 10-20 more pounds of muscle and adjust to the college game. Washington is missing out on a great player, but with big-time defensive line recruits like Joe Mathis and Elijah Qualls expected to sign, it isn’t a crippling loss by any means.