Bellevue West’s Dae’vonn Hall has had a productive spring.
Last week the 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver received his seventh Division I offer when he added Wisconsin to his list of Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska.
“It was surprising because I didn’t expect it,” Hall said of Wisconsin. “I haven’t talked to them at all. That was the first time I had talked to their wide receiver coach (Alvis Whitthead) when they offered. They said they love my film and think I’m a great player and then they offered.”
A 247Sports Composite four-star prospect, Hall, currently a sophomore, ranks nationally as the 97th best prospect in the 2024 class. He recently had the opportunity to visit two of the most successful programs in the county, Clemson and Georgia.
“I got to sit down with the wide receivers coach at Georgia (Bryan McClendon),” he said. “He just explained his story and how he became the receivers coach then he started talking to me about how they love my film and they would like to see me at a camp or how I play. I am hoping to go to a camp there this summer.”
The national champion Bulldogs treated Hall to not just a tour of their new facilities but a full spring practice.
“Their facility is amazing,” Hall said. “I got to see them practice so that was cool. We went to Clemson first and I thought their practice was energetic but at Georgia their practice was just different. Everybody was moving and no one was walking anywhere.”
Hall isn’t in a rush to make a decision. That will likely come sometime between his junior and senior year next spring/summer. In the meantime there are a few schools he would like to see in person.
“There are a couple places I want to get to. Mainly I want to get to Alabama, Georgia and Clemson again and Penn State for sure,” he said. “Iowa State is another one I want to go to. I want to visit schools that you just normally don’t get to go to around here.”
He was invited to the Nebraska spring game but wasn’t one of the in-state prospects in attendance. He said to not read too much into that.
“I didn’t get to the spring game because I had a 7-on-7 tournament,” he said. “I heard everything went pretty good from the friends I had that were there.”
His relationship with Nebraska and NU receiver coach Mickey Joseph can be considered strong.
“I think Nebraska is the school that talks to me the most,” Hall said. “Coach Joseph and I have a really good relationship. I went up there for junior day and everything just clicked. We have a really good connection. It is good to talk to him and see him whenever I can.”
In 12 games last season Hall caught 43 passes for 592 yards and nine touchdowns. Fellow sophomore Daniel Kaelin, Hall’s longtime friend, will likely be the lead signal caller for the T-Birds in 2022. Hall has been catching passes from Kaelin since seventh grade and he thinks that chemistry will provide even more production in the fall.
“The connection with him and I is really strong. He is one of my best friends,” Hall said. “If someone did a one-on-one with me and he is my QB I am getting the ball. The duo this year with him and me is going to be like Nate (Glantz) and Zavier (Betts), their connection was ridiculous.”