MAPLETON — Maple Mountain’s Jaren Hall had made up his mind roughly two weeks ago, but wanted to tell Cougar coaches in person. The quarterback prospect got that chance Thursday after the team practiced — a practice he attended with his family.
“It was a great moment for all of us being up there and telling them I decided to take their offer,” Hall said. “I love BYU coaches and know it’s the right decision for me, so being able to do that was a great experience.”
Hall is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback who could play a number of positions at the next level given his athleticism. He had offers from both BYU and Utah at the time of his commitment, but rested on the Cougars for three primary reasons.
First and foremost was for religious reasons. Hall is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and plans on serving a mission right after he graduates from high school in 2016.
“I know at BYU I’ll be surrounded by like-minded people who believe in the same standards I do,” Hall said. “It’s the most important thing in my life and it’s definitely the biggest reason I chose BYU.”
Second was BYU’s academics. Being the son of former BYU running back Kalin Hall, Jaren was well-versed on what BYU has to offer, and noted some sage academic advice given by his father.
“He told me that everywhere I went at BYU I’d be with others who had high academic standards, great study habits, and that’s a great thing,” Jaren Hall said. “Academics are very important to me, and at BYU I’ll have great opportunities to learn and develop great habits.”
Third is excitement for the BYU football program and the coaches leading the program.
“BYU has a great future and I want to be a part of it,” Hall said. “The program is moving in the right direction and there’s some great things that’s going to happen that I want to be a part of and help with.”
As mentioned, Hall could play any number of positions in college, but rested on BYU for the opportunities to play quarterback.
“I’ve obviously watched Taysom (Hill) and know BYU has a system that’s right for me to play quarterback,” Hall said. “I’ve talked a lot with Coach (Jason) Beck (BYU quarterbacks coach), and trust him completely and know I’ll have the opportunity to become a great quarterback learning from him and the other coaches there. I love all the BYU coaches and I can’t wait to play for them.”
As could well be imagined, Hall's father played a big role in both educating him about BYU and with his final decision.
“He didn’t push me in any way,” Hall said. “I’ve just listened to all his stories about his time there, about how BYU changed his life and put him in the right direction. That’s where he joined the (LDS) Church and it really put him on the right course and that’s obviously been a huge blessing for me and the rest of my family. I want those same type of experiences.”