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On Friday night, Daeshon Hall wasn't planning to attend Texas' second junior day.
Less than 48 hours later, the Lancaster defensive end has given the Longhorns his verbal pledge. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound speed rusher became Texas' third commit of the day for its 2013 recruiting class after making his decision official Sunday night.
"They have a rich academic tradition and a rich football program that's proven itself for many years, and their coaching staff made me feel at home," Hall said. "And a big reason is, I want my mom to come see me play. She doesn't have to travel far."
A commitment seemed unlikely going into the weekend. Following Lancaster's 53-42 playoff basketball win over Jacksonville on Friday night, Hall told HornsNation he would not be able to make it to Austin. He couldn't skip his morning basketball practice.
The next day, he changed his mind and managed to do both.
"I was motivated a lot to go," he said. "I had to go."
After practice, Hall and his mother made the three-hour drive down to Austin on Saturday afternoon and spent a few hours on Texas' campus. Hall was impressed by all the program had to offer, and his mother was just as pleased with the school's academic offerings.
After talking things over with his parents and uncles on Sunday, Hall was ready to make his decision. In choosing Texas, he turned down offers from Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor and Missouri. Prior to his trip to Austin, he'd taken visits to Baylor and TCU.
Hall also passed up an offer from his hometown school, Washington. Hall moved to Lancaster from Seattle last July and always figured he'd play basketball in college. UW, A&M and Tech all gave him the option to try playing two sports as a freshman.
But his breakout junior season at Lancaster led to football offers from all over the state. Hall recorded 60 tackles and 11 sacks and earned Texas defensive ends coach Oscar Giles' attention.
Hall said the coach's pitch on Saturday was a simple one: Come to Texas, put on some weight and you'll shine.
"I think I can make a big impact," Hall said. "I'm going to work my hardest so my mom can come see me play. I'm glad she's going to be close to home. I want to help them win a national championship."
Hall is the third defensive lineman to earn a spot in the 2013 class, joining Celina's Jake Raulerson and Fort Worth Arlington Heights' A'Shawn Robinson. Texas coaches also made an offer to end Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor) this weekend.
"I'm excited to get this recruiting process done," Hall said. "I'm ready to focus on my school, getting stronger and trying to win me a state championship in basketball now."Max Olson covers University of Texas football and recruiting for HornsNation.