Hall backs out of UT pledge

The rumors had been brewing for months. On Thursday, they came true.

Three-star defensive end Daeshon Hall (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) confirmed to HornsNation he has decommitted from Texas.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound recruit called Texas co-recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers last week to inform him he planned to reopen his recruitment in the hopes of finding a school closer to his home in Seattle.

"I've opened it up a bit," Hall said. "It was difficult. I just want to be close to home. I'm still open to any opportunities, but I'd like to be closer to home."

Hall recently visited Washington and said he's considering trips to USC and Oregon in the near future.

As for Texas?

"It's still a school I'm going to consider," he said. "They're still near the top of my list."

For now, though, Hall said he's yet to decide if he'll end up moving back to Lancaster. He left for his Seattle vacation on June 7 and planned to return to Austin, Texas, last weekend to begin practicing for the IFAF Under-19 World Championship.

An ankle injury prompted him to cancel his commitment to Team USA, but by then, he'd already backed out of his pledge to Texas.

The decommitment isn't a major surprise considering Hall had shown interest in several schools since committing to Texas on Feb. 26. He took unofficial visits to Baylor and Texas A&M this spring, but after attending Texas' camp on June 3 he said he was likely done with visits.

His return to Seattle to spend time with family and friends confirmed his decision that it was time to start considering more schools in the Pacific Northwest.

"I had been thinking about [decommitting] for a long time," Hall said, "but I just wanted to make sure that was what I wanted to do. I feel like it's the best thing for me to do so I can look back and see if I really want to go to Texas or not."

Hall said he's continued to stay in contact with Chambers since decommitting. Washington has recruited Hall to play basketball and football, but Hall isn't sure if that's what he's looking for in a school.

"I just want to make it to the next level in something," he said. "Playing basketball would be cool, but my main choice would be football."

Texas now has 14 verbal commitments for its 2013 class but none from a defensive end, though Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina) could start his career on the defensive line. Hall is the second recruit to decommit from Texas this summer, joining top-ranked receiver Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy).