Defensive back Jason Hall of Grand Prairie, Texas, become the the second commit for the 2014 class Wednesday, May 8.
Hall is a 6-foot-1 192-pounder from South Grand Prairie High who also had an offer from North Texas.
“Nebraska really wanted me, and they were my top school I wanted to go to,” Hall told HuskerOnline.com. “I’ve had an offer from North Texas, and OU, Oklahoma State and Nevada are close to offering. There’s a chance I’ll keep any eye out for other schools, but Nebraska is where I want to be.”
According to his Hudl.com profile, Hall runs a 4.73 40-yard dash and has a 35-inch vertical. He said Husker coaches were recruiting him as a possible safety, cornerback or nickel back. His coach at South Grand Prairie High, Brent Whitson, realized it might have raised eyebrows when Hall picked NU.
But Whitson said the Warriors' staff has timed him by stopwatch as low as 4.38.
“If he's a 4.7, then I am, too,” Whitson said. “Quite honestly, Tim Beck's not gonna drop paper on a kid who's 4.7.”
Nebraska signed four defensive backs in its last class with D.J. Singleton, Boaz Joseph, Nathan Gerry and Drake Martinez. Among players NU will lose after the 2013 season are cornerbacks Ciante Evans, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Andrew Green and Mohammed Seisay.
Whitson said Nebraska will get a player versatile enough to play cornerback but best suited for safety or nickel because of his size and upper-body strength.
“He can step up and press somebody man-to-man,” he said. “He's been raised as a corner, but we moved him to safety because we couldn't have somebody with that kind of body sitting out there on an island.”