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Here's why this star running back's recruitment is still open despite D-I commitment

Northwest running back Breece Hall committed to Iowa State on Thursday.
Northwest running back Breece Hall committed to Iowa State on Thursday. @BreeceH/Twitter

Iowa State's coaching staff has a lot of confidence.

Coming off the Cyclones' best football record since 2000, they have a right to be. But despite earning Northwest High running back Breece Hall's commitment last week, Iowa State's coaches are encouraging him to continue to go on visits and explore all of his options.

They are confident Hall isn't going anywhere, and Hall said he respects that.

"If the schools told me they were gonna be done recruiting me, I would have been fine with it," he said. "The head coach (Matt Campbell) told me to go visit other schools to see how different Iowa State was from everybody. They're not the biggest school, but they're all together. They're all one."

Hall, rated a three-star running back by most rankings, holds offers from Tennessee, Michigan, Kansas State and 11 other schools. Despite his commitment, he said schools like Oklahoma have started to turn their eyes to the shifty back.

With the reigning Big 12 champions knocking and his fellow teammate, defensive end Marcus Hicks, already locked in to be a Sooner, Hall said he wants to be sure of his decision before signing.

"I haven't gone on all my visits," he said. "I want to get up to Michigan, Rutgers and K-State one more time. I consider myself open, but right now, Iowa State is where I want to be."

Iowa State has named Hall their top priority at running back, Hall said. They have recruited him with most of their coaching staff, not just one position coach, and the coaches have even talked about earning playing time as a freshman.

Hall would share the backfield with the Big 12's third leading rusher from 2017, David Montgomery, and run behind an offensive line that has a genuine interest in him as well, Hall said.

"When I was on my visit, I was out to eat," he said. "And next thing you know, their whole starting O-line was there, and they joined us. The head coach, Matt Campbell, contacts me almost every day, and the running backs coach, Nate Scheelhaase, contacts me almost every single day."

Other recruits in the Wichita area like Carroll tight end Clay Cundiff have said Hall has become Iowa State's biggest promoter. Hall said it just feels like home.

The team's success in 2017 was icing. Iowa State finished fourth in a highly competitive Big 12 title race at 8-5 and were ranked as high as No. 14 in the AP poll.

"It was a huge indicator when they beat (No. 3) Oklahoma," Hall said. "I thought, 'They could be up to something.' And I feel like they just need a couple more pieces to get to where they want to be, which is one of the top football schools in the country."

Hall said he has enjoyed the recruiting experience. Walking into a decorated locker room with every jersey, pair of pants, socks, cleats and gloves, gearing up and posing for a photo shoot has been special. Touring massive college campuses and meeting high caliber student-athletes has been memorable.

And with leaving his recruitment open, he isn't done with the glamour yet.

"It's a blessing and a curse having so many people wanting to talk to you," Hall said. "But at the same time, getting to go out and see so many different places, it's always special, and you get to find out things that you didn't even know."