With National Signing Day approaching, Scott Frost and the new Nebraska coaching staff is sure to be busy. As discussed in my previous article, the Cornhuskers have a legitimate shot to make a major splash on Feb. 7. Perhaps the Huskers’ top target is Jalen Hall, a 4-star receiver from Long Beach, Calif.
Standing at 6-4, 192 pounds, Hall is a hard man to miss. The young receiver is especially tough to cover in man-to-man, and he exploits that here with a slant.
Here, the defense is in 4-3, Cover 2 with the linebackers playing zone in the middle. With the outside defensive backs playing man coverage, Hall is able to easily beat his coverage man to the inside for a big gain.
Deep routes against zone coverage
Once again, the defense is in 4-3, Cover 2. This time, the weak-side, inside corner plays the flat. This leaves only one defensive back in deep coverage against Hall. Hall attacks that side with a comeback route that fools the back into extending his coverage to protect against a streak.
Against a Nickel zone, the offense runs a bubble screen out to Hall on the outside. The running back slides out as a second option, but there is no need. The outside receivers do a decent job of blocking, but it is Hall’s strength that really sells the play. After being stopped for a short gain, Hall somehow continues to fight against the defense for what ends up being a first down. Furthermore, this play demonstrates that Hall can attack any portion of the field. He is able to hit the middle, turn on the jets and go deep, or sit back and let a play develop underneath.
What Hall could be for Nebraska
Recently Nebraska has been relying on small, quick receivers to do damage in the passing game. Hall would allow the Huskers to add another aspect to their aerial attack — size and strength. Jalen Hall is a great red-zone threat that has the ability to go deep against smaller defensive backs.