The one-time Texas Longhorn pledge and longtime Washington Husky looked like a longshot for the Aggies earlier this fall. After Lancaster teammate and 2014 stud Nick Harvey chose Texas A&M over a host of national powers, however, Hall turned his attention towards Aggieland. It was anything but easy, but David Beaty, Terry Price and the gang were eventually able to keep the state’s most athletic and talented defensive end in state…a tremendous Signing Day coup that allowed the Ags to address a final glaring area of need in 2013.
The state’s best pure pass-rusher, Daeshon is also a pretty decorated basketball player. Hoops was Hall’s first love, so the 6-6, 225-pound Washington native spent his high school off-seasons and summers on the hardwood. Because of that and the fact that he played just two years of high school football, there’s no telling how quickly his long, rangy and supremely athletic frame will fill out under the watchful eye of Larry Jackson or how soon he might morph into a dominant Southeastern Conference defensive lineman. In two years or less, “Dae Dae” could very well be built like South Carolina freak Jadeveon Clowney. As far as playing like the future No. 1 pick, Daeshon had a breakout senior season but he’s still pretty raw on the gridiron, which is why expecting him to fill the huge void left by Damontre Moore in year one is unrealistic. However, the final addition to this year’s A&M class has every bit as much upside as the soon-to-be top-5 NFL Draft pick and should realize his potential in short order.
I mentioned Hall’s dominant senior season and it’s a perfect example of how quickly the football neophyte’s game is coming together. As a junior, Daeshon was a First Team All-District pick, totaling 60 tackles and 11 sacks. This fall, the long-armed defensive end wreaked havoc on 4A offenses while helping lead Lancaster to the state championship game. All told, Hall racked up 83 tackles, 23 TFLs, 16 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 4 pass breakups, 3 blocked kicks and 20 quarterback pressures en route to being named the AP’s 4A Defensive Player of the Year, Dallas Morning News Defensive POY, First Team All-State and 15-4A MVP.
The reason Hall attracted so much recruiting attention despite his lack of football experience – he held offers from A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, USC and TCU after just one season under the Friday Night Lights – is the fact that he’s a soon-to-be 6-6, 255 or 265-pounder who can change direction, reach would-be blockers before they reach him, chase down quarterbacks and ball-carriers and knife through the line to make plays against the run. As far as pass-rushers go, Daeshon has all of the physical tools to be one of the truly elite.
Stats2011 60 tackles, 11 sacks
2012: 83 tackles, 23 TFL, 16 sacks, 2 FF, 4 PBU, 3 blocked kicks, 20 QB pressures
Honors2011 15-4A First Team All-District
2012: 4A First Team All-State; 4A Defensive Player of the Year (AP); 4A All-Region II First Team (TXHSFB); 15-4A Defensive MVP; All-Area Defensive Player of the Year (DMN)