PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Six days before Gurvan Hall officially received his spot in the Under Armour All-America Game, the 4-star safety spent the day at the school he, for now, plans on calling home for the next few years. One of the nation’s most coveted defensive backs watched Miami’s 25-24 win against Georgia Tech on Saturday from the stands in Miami Gardens, Fla.
It was a different atmosphere than the last time Hall watched a game at Hard Rock Stadium. The 5-foot-11, 173-pound senior also made the quick trip south for the Hurricanes’ season-opening win against FCS Bethune-Cookman. That first trip ended with a blowout win. This most recent one let him see a rain-soaked, last-minute thriller, which encapsulated everything about what makes the No. 8 Hurricanes one of the most exciting teams in the country.
“I love the fans,” Hall told DieHards on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens. “The fans never gave up. Even if it rains.”
Hall became the latest member of Miami’s Class of 2018 to be honored by one of the major All-American games Friday when representatives from the Under Armour Game stopped in at Palm Beach Gardens Community High School. Hall, who is considered the nation’s No. 141 player by the 247Sports composite rankings, has been committed to the Hurricanes since March 27, although he has wavered back and forth about how firm his pledge is to the school.
Right now, Miami seems to be in as good position with Hall as ever. The safety plans to be back at Hard Rock on Nov. 11 to watch the Hurricanes host No. 13 Notre Dame, and the number of outside suitors is dwindling. Hall has already taken one unofficial visit to Louisville this year and said he wants to get to a game at Alabama, but that’s it. Florida is pushing, but the No. 1 Crimson Tide is the only team other than Miami at this point that will get a visit from Hall before he signs in December.
“Probably Alabama,” he said when asked about other visits he’s planning.
Even in Miami’s loaded class of defensive backs, Hall is a priority. Of the five committed defensive backs – four of whom will play in All-American games – Hall is the only safety and is regarded as the No. 13 safety in the country. Given some of the Hurricanes’ struggles at safety this season, Hall could be an immediate contributor once he arrives in Coral Gables, Fla.
And he’s on track to arrive early. Hall is planning to sign during the new early signing period in December then early enroll after the All-America Game in January.
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First, though, he’ll have a chance to meet some of his future teammates in Orlando. Hall joins 4-star tight end Brevin Jordan, 4-star cornerback Al Blades Jr. and 4-star offensive guards Cleveland Reed and Delone Scaife as Miami commits in the game. There’s a chance Hall could spend part of Jan. 4 tasked with covering Jordan.
“There’s going to be other commits that I want to guard,” Hall said, “see how they use their technique.”
Above all else, the game and honor are potentially once-in-a-lifetime events. These All-American games represent the pinnacle of excellence in high school football and have paved the way for countless NFL stars.
Hall knows the expectations which come along with such an honor. Now he wants to take advantage of the opportunities it provides.
“I’m kind of just speechless right now,” Hall said. “ It’s going to be loud. A lot of people are going to be there, different commits. It’s basically like you’re already in the NFL, getting treated like that.”
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