Warwick (N.Y.) Warwick Valley tight end Albert Hall has made some tough decisions over the last year, but his biggest choice will see him land in the Big Ten this season.
Hall will be a walk-on tight end at Penn State this fall.
Hall passed up opportunities at from a few FCS programs and will walk on at Penn State this fall.
"I was getting looked at by I-AA schools, and in January I just sent some film to Penn State tight ends coach John Strollo. He said that they liked me and I went up there for the spring game and checked out the school," he said. "I liked it, my brother actually graduated from Penn State."
Hall wrapped up his high school football career with fourth-team all-state honors in 2011. He was also all-league in both football and basketball. This past fall he caught 40 passes for 507 yards and nine touchdowns.
"High school was good. When I was a sophomore I was a center on the line and in my junior year I got moved to tight end," he said. "I was more of a blocking tight end. I worked hard in the offseason last year and I was playing every down, flanking out to wide receiver and playing tight end."
Since committing in the spring, Hall has watched his future program go through a tough process that included heavy NCAA sanctions. Despite the fact that he will not be able to go to a bowl game for the next four years, Hall never wavered on his decision.
"I haven't thought of going elsewhere, I love it there," he said. "It's where I want to be, it's where I feel like I'm meant to be."
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Hall will report to Penn State on Sunday and start camp with the Nittany Lions on Monday. He was originally scheduled to join the team when classes start on August 27.
Hall has been accepted into the Smeal College of Business and said that he may pursue finance when he gets to campus. He hopes to be a part of something special in Happy Valley.
"From what I've heard and seen, the community hasn't changed the way that they look at the team," he said. "If anything, it's made them more supportive and closer to the team. The people who don't bail will be looked at as the guys who have brought the program through a dark time."