Adam Hall, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound four-star wide receiver/safety from Palo Verde Magnet High School in Tucson, Ariz., just experienced his first official visit this past weekend (Nov. 22) at California.
His player hosts were both Arizona natives: freshman cornerback Marc Anthony and sophomore defensive end Cameron Jordan (both from Chandler High School).
"They are Phoenix guys and from Arizona and we're actually pretty good friends," Hall said. "They know what it's like and they just told me not to rush it. We talk and text every now and then and get along really well."
In addition to the players, Hall says that the Cal coaches also stood out. "All the coaches are real friendly," he said. "They talked with me about playing defensive back and said that they really need physical safeties like me that like to hit."
Hall is also being recruited to play wide receiver and he says the Bears said they would also use him on offense. "They are cool with me playing offense too," he said. "They said they would find a way to use me on both sides of the ball."
This was Hall's first trip to the Bay Area and he picked a great weekend for a visit as it was Cal's Big Game (versus Stanford). "Everyone in town was supporting Cal," he said.
"We went into San Francisco and there were Cal fans everywhere," he said. "Even when I was at the airport you'd still see a lot of Cal stuff and fans. I don't know if it's like that normally or if it was just for the Big Game, but it was pretty impressive."
Another thing Hall says stood out about the Bears was their stadium. "The location of the stadium is right in the middle of the town," he said. "There are like houses right there. That was different."
Hall says that his visit to the Bay Area was so impressive that USC is no longer the leader. "I'm really happy after the Cal visit," he said. "It definitely moved them up because I learned more about them. It's gonna be a tough decision."
He now denies a leader, but said he continues to favor No. 5 USC, California, Arizona and Oregon.
Of course this was Hall's first trip, so anything can still happen. His next visit is to in-state favorite Arizona on Dec. 6. He says the Wildcats are recruiting him the hardest and want him as both a receiver and safety.
"They've done a real good job with recruiting," Hall said. "I think it's easier for them because I'm a local kid but they are always sending me stuff."
Following his trip to Tucson, Hall will be heading back west to Los Angeles for his USC visit. He'll be visiting the Trojans on Dec. 12, although he says it's no longer 100 percent. "I still have that visit planned," he said. "But that might conflict with an All-Star game in Hawaii that I decided to play in. I've got to check the date. I definitely want to visit USC though, so if I don't make it I'll just reschedule."
The Trojans are recruiting him as a safety. "I think USC has played pretty well this year," Hall said. "They are a talented team, so they are always really good. I like how stacked they always are at every position. They really produce some great players and the defense is the heart of that program, so it would be great to be a safety there."
Although he hasn't set a date with Oregon yet, Hall states he's interested in visiting the Ducks officially as well. "I've liked Oregon since day one," he said. "I just haven't been in too much contact with them and would like to learn more about them. I want to take a trip up there and see what it's like."
Despite most people labeling it a down year in the Pac-10, Hall says he's been impressed with most of the conference this year. "I think the Pac-10 is always real competitive," he said. "If you aren't ready one week, you'll lose…like USC did to Oregon State. Hopefully they'll do well during the bowl season."
While Hall says he'd like to take his visits before committing, he also admits he'd be open to making a decision early. "When I get that feeling of where I want to be…I'll commit," he said. "I don't have a date set or anything."
Hall helped lead his team to a 10-2 final record and the second round of the playoffs. He finished the season with 40 total touchdowns (25 rushing scores, nine receiving, five special team). He also had four interceptions.
He is ranked as the No. 25 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com.
Hall reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 19 ACT.