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USF lands top JUCO RB Hall

Andre Hall played the recruiting game, and it led him back where he came from.

Hall, one of the nation's top junior college running backs and a former Dixie Hollins standout, orally committed to South Florida after a weekend visit to Texas A&M.

"I called (USF) coach (Jim) Leavitt. He was on the (Sunshine) Skyway. He said he started swerving," Hall said. "I took the visit to Texas A&M and all I could think about was South Florida. I knew it was the place for me."

Hall, who played for Georgia Military in 2002 and Garden City (Kansas) Community College in 2003, said he rejected Nebraska, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

"I'm ready to come home," said Hall, who has a six-month old son, Jaiden, who lives in Pinellas County. "My parents, my family, my kid _ I'm ready to come back home and be with them."

Hall (5 feet 10, 205 pounds) was a Times All-Suncoast player in 2000, his only year of high school ball because he was academically ineligible for two seasons. He gained 1,742 yards on 227 carries (7.7 average) in nine games.

Hall said he will graduate after the spring semester and spend the summer in Tampa. He will compete with senior Clenton Crossley and junior Billy Henderson, and possibly incoming freshmen Andre Copeland of Lake City Columbia and Terrance Jones of Sarasota Booker. It's more likely receivers Brian Fisher and Trae Williams won't move to running back.

"I'm going to step in next year and get in the starting lineup. No doubt," Hall said. "I'm back. I told everyone (back home) to stay tuned. Now I'm back."

Wednesday is college football signing day, and USF remains in the hunt for Hawthorne quarterback Cornelius Ingram, who also wants to play basketball, and Pasco wide receiver Johnny Peyton.