2018 safety Hall: Banda makes me feel like I’m his son
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The 2018 defensive back class in south Florida has a chance to go down as one of the most heralded groups of all-time. Dade and Broward counties are often though of as Miami’s main recruiting base, but West Palm Beach is easily forgotten.
The Canes are on the verge of landing Amari Carter from Palm Beach Gardens in the 2017 class and the coaches have their sights set on breakout 2018 star Gurvan Hall of Palm Beach Lakes.
Remember, Miami already has commitments from four-star prospects Glbert Frierson and Joshua Jobe at the same position, so that should give you an idea of how highly they think of Hall. The Canes offered Hall at Paradise Camp back in July and safeties coach Ephraim Banda has since been aggressive in cultivating their relationship.
“Me and Coach Banda – we’re real close. It’s been about a month or two since we’ve been talking, but he makes me feel like I’m his son. He will always support me and I will always support him.” Hall explained.
When describing his experience at the Miami – Florida State game, his second Canes game of the season, Hall referred to the Hurricanes as “we”.
“We’re going to get them next year. When we see them again, we’ll beat them,” Hall said. “That was just a great experience to see that rivalry and see everybody support it.”
The willingness of Canes DC Manny Diaz to play freshmen has caught Hall’s attention.
“I really love the defense. I enjoy seeing how they have a few freshmen out there and they’re letting them see what they’ve got,” he said.
He added, “Everybody loves Coach Richt and how he’s bringing that old style back to The U.”
Although Miami has prioritized Hall very early in his process, he maintains that he is, “keeping his recruiting options open until he’s fully ready”. His family though, tells Hall that he will be “homesick” if he leaves the state, so he admitted that Florida and Florida State are two schools he will check out when he gets the chance.
One other note is that Hall calls Amari Carter “a good friend” and said that he and Carter will “most likely, probably” play at the same program in college.