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Top in-state prospect has Clemson in mind, but he’s set to see a few other schools

What’s it like to have over 20 scholarship offers? PJ Hall explains

Dorman forward PJ Hall, South Carolina’s top player in 2020 class, updates his recruitment on June 21, 2019.
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Dorman forward PJ Hall, South Carolina’s top player in 2020 class, updates his recruitment on June 21, 2019.

The state’s top 2020 basketball recruit, 6-foot-9 forward PJ Hall of Dorman, had a busy three day stretch of recruiting activity. Over the weekend he made his second official visit to Clemson. And Monday, the first day of the new basketball recruiting period, Hall was visited at his school by coaches from Clemson, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.

Hall knows Clemson extremely well considering the number of visits he has taken over the years. He took a junior official visit and an unofficial visit in late August for the Georgia Tech football game. He capped his visits with the Tigers with his senior official visit last weekend.,

“This one was more of a laid back visited,” Hall said. “I got to hang out with the team a whole lot. Went out and made it feel like I was an actual student. I went to a few practices, nothing really that I hadn’t seen before. It definitely was a good visit.”

Clemson is the lone state school involved with Hall and is the closest to him in terms of distance. Tiger coach Brad Brownell has used the “stay in state” argument in conversations with Hall and he drove that home again over the weekend.

“The same message about the hometown hero, and it’s close to home but not too close,” Hall said. “Just saying that me coming there would fit with the system. Same things he’s already said to me, I come there and it’s a 40 year decision, not a four, and the people would love me.”

Hall, of course, is closely examining the basketball programs of the schools he’s working with, but he’s also thinking about his overall life on campus as a student. He also wants to enjoy his time off the hardwood while in college.

“I definitely look solely at the basketball think, but I definitely like the other stuff too,” Hall said. “I look at it as if I weren’t a student-athlete. I want to go to a school that I would actually enjoy. I look at other stuff too.”

Monday was the first day coaches could be back on the road and visit with the 2020 recruits. At school, Hall met with coaches from Clemson and Georgia Tech. Virginia Tech coach Mike Young will have his in home visit Tuesday night, and Brownell will have his in home visit next Monday night.

This Monday night it was coach Mike White of Florida who came by for dinner and a chat.

“We talked a lot,” Hall said. “We really didn’t talk any basketball. They are trying to make me feel like family.”

Hall also took a junior official visit to Florida, where his sister is a volleyball player, and will return for his senior official visit on the 20th. He will visit Virginia Tech on Oct. 11 and Tennessee the following weekend. His last visit will be to Georgia Tech the first weekend in November.


Clemson assistant coach Antonio Reynolds Dean was at Ridge View on Monday to check out 6-foot-8 forward Ja’Von Benson and 6-foot 2021 point guard Tyler Rice in open gym. Dean also got a look at junior Gregory Jackson. Western Carolina is due in on Tuesday morning and the College of Charleston Tuesday afternoon. Rice said USC has been in touch with him and plans to be in later in the week and he plans to visit there next week. Benson is scheduled for an official visit with the Gamecocks this week. Rice said Clemson plans to continue recruiting him and is also interested in Benson.

Clemson and Georgia Tech coaches were in on Monday to see 2021 6-foot-11 center John Butler of Christ Church. And he visited Florida State Saturday.