NAME: Darrin Hall
POSITION: Running Back
JERSEY: No. 22
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 225 lbs
Emerging late in 2017, Hall tallied 520 rushing yards and eight touchdowns across Pittsburgh’s last five contests. Expected to be the Panthers’ lead back in 2018, Hall is looking to carry his late season momentum into a productive senior season and challenge to become a draft pick next spring.
Hall is a straight ahead runner that runs with power and physicality. He battles for yards after contact and is decisive when attacking gaps. His lower body is strong and capable of moving piles and winning after contact.
Like most power backs, Hall lacks the shiftiness, wiggle and elusiveness to be a truly dynamic runner that wins in space. His ability to work laterally and turn corners is inhibited by his tight hips and lack of flexibility. In addition, Hall has a tendency to run upright and offer a considerable amount of surface area to tacklers. Hall has performed well in pass pro but his ability to win as a receiver is modest.
No longer a secret, Hall faces a critical senior season to prove he can sustain production and showcase an expanded skill set in 2018.