By Josh Cann
Heber City, UT- Maple Mountain High School took the field against Wasatch this past weekend with two 2016 BYU commits, dual-threat QB Jaren Hall of Maple Mountain, and kicker Skyler Southam of Wasatch. Both are new-found friends, and at one point were talking just after half, seeing how each other were doing as they’ll be teammates, part of the Band of Brothers in Provo for years to come.
Halfway through the 2nd Quarter, Jaren Hall went down with an ankle sprain and was donning crutches the rest of the night. (This was precautionary as they have a quick turnaround and play this Wednesday.) But with the cool-demeanor he has, he was all smiles as we talked to him on the sideline just after halftime.
When asked which teams were his final choices:
“BYU and Utah were my final two choices. BYU recruited me harder and showed more interest, than Utah, so I committed to them.” Jaren Hall said.
It always is a good sign if BYU is beating out Utah for the best local recruits.
Jaren Hall is a dual threat QB, he has the arm to beat teams with his accuracy and the ability to throw effectively on the run, but also the mobility to beat teams with his legs. He is very elusive running the football, and very difficult to sack or even tackle when he gets out of the pocket.
“I’m a pass first quarterback, I pride myself on that. I’ve always been a pass first quarterback. I’ve been a quarterback my entire life.” Hall said.
BYU has always been a passing school since LaVell Edwards took over in 1972, it isn’t until recently BYU has had some dual-threat QB’s in Riley Nelson and Taysom Hill. Jaren Hall would be the next dual threat QB to join the historic QB fold for BYU.
Max Preps photographer who has covered Maple Mountain for 5+ years stated that Hall is an athlete, and he could even end up playing multiple positions at the next level, he has the speed, arm strength, and is just a great football player all around.
Hall’s father Kaylin, played running back at BYU, and his older brother KJ played at Maple Mountain. His older brother KJ started as a Sr. He unfortunately was injured which gave Jaren his chance to come in. By the end of the year Jaren became the starter. KJ, who returned from his mission, is currently a student at BYU.
“If I were to compare my game to a current college QB, I’d say Taysom Hill or maybe an even a better comparison is Treyvone Boykin from TCU.”
Hall has yet to make his official visit to BYU, but has been to Provo many times so it isn’t unfamiliar territory. He plans on making a visit later this year or early next.
Hall’s planning on turning his missionary papers in in May 2016. If he does so, he’d be eligible to play for the 2018 season. If everything falls into place with BYU keeping QB’s healthy this would be Tanner Mangum’s Sr. season. Hall plans to redshirt in 2018 the season after his mission, so he can get back into football shape. He thinks this will help him learn the offense, and be around the team, making him a redshirt Freshman in 2019 with four years to play.
The future is bright in Provo at the QB spot, and Jaren Hall might just be one big reason why.