6-9 PJ Hall, the state’s top basketball recruit for the 2020 class, has already started the final phase of his recruiting. Last Saturday he took an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech. This Thursday he’ll take an unofficial visit to Clemson, working that in around the football game at Death Valley that night. Hall already has his final five officials set as well as two of his in-home visits.
New Virginia Tech coach Mike Young, the former Wofford coach, has been close to the Hall family for years. As Hall’s status as a national recruit blossomed, Young’s chances to keep him home at Wofford diminished. But at an ACC program like Virginia Tech, Young now has a fighting chance.
“I just went up there to see him,” Hall said. “We just hung out on the campus. It was nice, it was fun. I know if I go there it would be a great fit. He would utilize all my skills. You get to coach at that level only if you know basketball.”
Clemson is the other ACC school on Hall’s short list. The Tigers have the advantage of being the in-state school that’s still involved as well as being the closest campus to his home. Brad Brownell and his staff have not let up their pursuit and continue to drive home those points to Hall.
“I hear from them almost every day, we talk a good bit,” Hall said.
Hall has official visits set with Clemson September 6th, Florida September 20th, Virginia Tech October 11th, Tennessee October 18th and Georgia Tech November 1st. He has no preconceived notion on a favorite at this point and he wants to keep it that way going into those final visits.
“I don’t want to go in there thinking something else then kind of just close my mind off,” Hall said. “That’s when you make a mistake. I’m open to anything.”
The next recruiting period when basketball coaches can go on the road begins September 9th and Hall said Florida has an in-home visit set with him for that day. He said Clemson will be in the home the next day. No other in-home visits have been set.