Four-Star Linebacker Includes Vols in Top 8

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    (Photo via @Derick_hall5 on Twitter)

    Linebacker is arguably the most important position for Tennessee’s new 3-4 defense under Jeremy Pruitt. And the Vols got some good news in their recruitment of one of the top outside linebackers in the 2019 class.

    Derick Hall is a four-star linebacker out of Gulfport, Mississippi, and he tweeted out his top eight schools moving forward in his recruitment on Monday morning. And Tennessee made the cut.

    The Vols join Auburn, Florida State, Arkansas and others as the top teams trying to land Hall in their 2019 class. Hall is rated as the No. 15 outside linebacker and 215th overall player in the class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. The regular 247Sports rankings have Hall listed as the No. 102 overall prospect and 7th-best outside linebacker.

    Hall’s highlight film shows off his athleticism, speed, and pursuit. He played both offense and defense for Gulfport High School, and he did well at both. His highest ceiling is likely on defense, however. He’s a quick linebacker who has solid instincts and a knack for making big plays. He’ll need to work on his technique, but he’s definitely a talented defender.

    As a junior, Hall totaled 80 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, and forced two fumbles.

    The 6-foot-5, 210 pound linebacker will need to put on some more weight once in college, but he has a huge frame that will translate perfectly to the Vols’ 3-4 defense.

    Tennessee needs a handful of linebackers in their 2019 class. And Hall would be a huge addition to their class if they can land him.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He can break down football film as effectively as he can a Star Wars film.