January 22, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough: Vincent Hall

Vincent Hall is a 6’4 300lb offensive tackle out of Woodlawn High in Shreveport, LA. Vincent’s size on the line almost always puts him at an advantage against his opponents, but what is more impressive is the speed Hall possesses for a young man of his stature. Hall thrives in outside zone run blocking, where his quickness paired with his huge frame makes him ideal at the tackle position. Along with great size and speed, Vincent showcases excellent hands, allowing him to create exceptional separation with his long, powerful arms. Stout footwork, elite stamina, and a great football IQ make Hall one of the best linemen in the state for the class of 2020. Vincent Hall is currently committed to the University of Louisiana Monroe, and plans to play in the Louisiana Gridiron Football All-Star game this December.

How long have you been playing football? What got you into it?

I’ve been playing since watching my cousins play and practice football since I was 10 years old. One of the coaches that my cousins played for noticed my size and approached me about trying out and getting involved in the sport after they noticed my size at such a young age. 

How has your view on the sport changed from when you were young?

I now see the game as a lot more serious. I look at the injuries, impact on the body, and know that I have to be more cautious now than I was when I first began at 10 years old. Also, the game is far more aggressive and competitive at the high school level, but that’s a change I love.

At what age did you or your coaches realize you were special? Was there a certain play or factor?

Around my 7th grade year. I played 2 middle school games and was immediately noticed by the varsity coaches, who spoke with me after the game, telling me I could have a great future in football.

How would you describe your playstyle as a lineman? Aggressive, pass or run blocking? Balanced?

I see myself as an aggressive, outside zone blocker. I love getting to the edges and throwing my body in front of defenders. As far as my specialty I believe I am well balanced, but I personally prefer run blocking because of how physical it is. I prefer going after guys as opposed to letting them come to me when pass blocking.

What advantages do you posses over other high school players at your position?

Besides my size, I’m not afraid to go against anyone, regardless of their size. If someone is six inches shorter than me I’ll treat them the same as someone who is six inches taller than me. I view everyone as the same and focus on my game

What is surprising about your playstyle or physical attributes that most people don’t realize?

My drive to go down field. I’m a big guy but I have great stamina for my size. A lot of times in a game I’ll look to my coaches and tell them to keep running behind me. I don’t get winded easily and rarely need a break.

How would your coaches and teammates describe you as an athlete or person?

The coaches and my teammates praise my leadership skills. Because of that, I have to remember to set an example whether I’m reacting to a play or guiding the younger guys. It’s important to show the team how to keep your cool no matter what.

Do you have any hobbies outside of football? 

I love fishing, gaming and swimming. As a kid I would always swim in lakes or pools and I think that’s why my stamina is so good to this day. 

Do you have any plans in college as far as picking a major?

Architecture for sure. This might surprise a lot of people, but I have always considered myself as a very artistic guy. I also love coming up with ideas when thinking about architecture. I’m an idea guy, always coming up with  stuff in my head.

Career after football? Another job you’d be interested in?

Well, besides architecture, I think it would be awesome to become a WWE wrestler. I love the aggressiveness those guys show and is why I love Randy Orton. I love his will to attack

Besides football, are you involved in any other sports?

I’ve always played basketball growing up and I currently play shot put for my high school’s track and field team.My offensive line coach actually got me into it, since he’s the shot put coach.

Do you have any personal or team goals for the season?

My personal goal is for me and the team of seniors to get to the playoffs. That’s always in the front of my mind. For the team, making it to November is the most important thing we can do. If we can get to November then we can take it one game at a time to have a chance at a championship.

What does football mean to you and how has it positively affected your life?

Football is a great stress reliever and a good escape from the hardcomings of life. Sometimes I may have stress or something weighing heavy on my mind, but once I step on that field, it all disappears.

Is there any advice you’d give to someone who is fighting for a spot on the depth chart or maybe is a little young and has not seen much playing time?

Keep striving, keep coming to work, you never know when your chance will come. Practice everyday like you’re a starter so that when your time comes theres no surprises. 

(Photo Courtesy of Tommy Hays Photography)