I admit, the first thing I thought of when watching the highlights for 2017 quarterback Rodney Hall was “Michael Vick.” That’s a sensitive subject with Syracuse football fans, of course, as Vick’s decision to spurn the Orange in favor of Virginia Tech is generally pointed to as the turning point in SU football history. But when watching the athletic, lefty QB who wears number 7 for Cass Tech in Detroit, it’s hard not to have the former Hokie pop into your head.
Now, obviously that’s largely superficial, because again – athletic, left-handed quarterback who wears 7 is always going to conjure images of Vick (and I asked Rodney, who said it’s actually just a coincidence that he wears 7, if you were curious). The 6-foot-2, 210 pound signal caller from the same high school as recent 2016 Syracuse pledge Tim Walton earned second team All-Detroit honors last season, his first full year as a starter, after putting up 2,176 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, 1,127 rushing yards, and 16 more touchdowns on the ground.
Syracuse was the first school to offer the athletic, strong-armed Hall, who shows off that arm strength about 35 seconds into his junior highlights when he flicks a pass about 48 yards, with accuracy, while getting driven back with a big hit from a defender. Between that ability to throw it deep, along with his very good speed (he claims about a 4.56 time in the 40) and playmaking skills, it’s easy to see why the Syracuse coaching staff is intrigued.
Eastern Michigan was the second school to offer Hall last week, but certainly won’t be the last. He’s gotten plenty of interest from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, and Virginia, among others, and now that he’s no longer under the radar you can expect more offers to begin rolling in soon enough.
Hall has good size, and shows plenty of that typical Detroit toughness, fighting for extra yards and standing in the pocket and willing to take hits in order to deliver the ball with accuracy. Quarterback is going to be a high priority for Syracuse in the class of 2017, and the fact that the staff has already offered Hall shows that he’s very high on their list heading into his senior year. We’re still a few days away from National Signing Day and putting a bow on the recruiting class of 2016, but once we get into the swing of the 2017 cycle, expect Hall to remain a big target for the Orange.