Published Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm / Updated at 9:42 pm
Coach says NU safety commit has the speed

LINCOLN — The size and length stand out with Nebraska football commit Jason Hall, but his high school coach said the speed isn't too shabby either — even if some are wondering about it.

According to his Hudl profile, the 40-yard dash time for the safety out of Grand Prairie, Texas, is 4.73 seconds. His coach at South Grand Prairie High, Brent Whitson, realized it might have raised eyebrows when Hall picked NU on Wednesday night.

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.”

Beck, the NU offensive coordinator, and Terry Joseph, the Huskers' secondary coach, led the recruitment of Hall, whose only other offer has come from North Texas. But Whitson said Baylor was expected to offer Thursday, and he suspects that others might follow with the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder.

Whitson said Mississippi and Kansas have been among those interested, and Hall told that he thought Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Nevada were close to offering.

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.”

Whitson said Hall had three interceptions last season and was an honorable mention all-district pick. That was his first year as a starter after South Grand Prairie waited for him to build on the long and lean 150-pound frame that he had as a sophomore on the junior varsity.

“We saw it coming,” Whitson said. “We're fairly blessed in this part of the (Dallas) metroplex with former NFL players who do some training with kids on Sundays, and he's taken advantage of that.”

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