By Christian Guerithault ’14
Austin Hall ’14 has verbally committed to Stanford where he will play football next year.
Hall plays left tackle and some nose guard for the Brophy football team.
The recruiting process was all but quiet for Hall.
“About four weeks into the (last) season it was just beyond hectic,” Hall said of his junior year. “I was getting phone calls, three, four, five, six a day from schools all over the place.”
With all the colleges attempting to recruit Hall, he decided to go with Stanford.
“I have always wanted to go to Stanford,” Hall said. “As soon as that happened I just accepted it and shut it all down.”
Hall said that Brophy is a big reason why he plays football.
“I don’t know if I would be playing football if I was not here,” Hall said. “I always wanted to play hockey and baseball but Coach Heideman talked me into it.”
Football was the right choice for Hall.
“There’s a reason why he’s one of our five team captains,” said head football coach Mr. Scooter Molander. “He leads by example, he brings great effort and for a big guy he’s got great feet, and that’s why he’s been offered by colleges all over the nation.”
Hall does not just have a positive reputation on the field.
“He’s got a great personality, he’s positive, fun, loving, great to be around and intelligent,” Mr. Molander said. “He’s what we want in a Brophy football player, the ability to be very tough on the field and the ability to be very loving and empathetic off the field.”
The transition from high school football to college football can be a big one; however, Hall knows what it takes to cope with the transition.
“It’ll take some time, I know the speed of the game has picked up tenfold,” Hall said. “If you think about it you have the best from your high school team all put onto one college team every week.”
Mr. Molander also said he thinks Hall can make the transition.
“The sky’s the limit, it’s up to him and what he wants,” Mr. Molander said. “He certainly has the frame and the intelligence.”