Hallsville Offensive Tackle Hayden Wall Commits to Abilene Christian
After visiting the campus this past weekend, Hallsville left tackle Hayden Wall has pulled the trigger on his college commitment.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman has committed to Abilene Christian, he told ETSN.fm on Tuesday afternoon. Wall also has offers from Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin State and drew interest from several schools, including Louisiana Tech, UTSA, Northwestern State, and Sam Houston State.
"Going up there and really getting to see everybody in person, it's a different feel of a campus," Wall said of ACU. "It's got that at-home feel and every person cares about you. They don't care what background you're from."
Wall played left tackle for the Bobcats during the last two seasons, but was recruited as a center/guard by Abilene Christian. Wall played center as a freshman and sophomore and believes he'll be fine moving inside.
Wall, who plans to major in kinesiology or physical therapy, said the recruiting process has been fun, but he's glad it's over.
"It was such a relieving feeling (to commit)," Wall said. "But it's been an enjoyable last year."
Wall had a stellar senior season, grading out at 95 percent with 75 pancake blocks and 56 knockdown blocks. Wall helped Hallsville finish the 2012 season with a 7-4 record a Class 4A Division II Region II first-round playoff appearance.
Abilene Christian is making the move from Division II to Division I FCS, where it will compete in the Southland Conference with schools such as Central Arkansas, Northwestern State, SFA, and Sam Houston State.
Wall, who has been invited to June's FCA Heart of Champions Bowl in Tyler, recently received Hallsville’s Offensive Lineman of the Year award for the second consecutive season. He’s ranked No. 25 on ETSN.fm’s ETSN 25 recruiting rankings.