High school football: Discipline, determination pay off for Tulsa Union's Chris Hall

SUPER 30 — The boy who used to cry when his youth league games were over has grown into a top player who's committed to the University of Tulsa.
BY RJ YOUNG, Staff Writer, ryoung@opubco.com Published: June 23, 2012
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“We kind of laugh about that now,” Fridrich said. “I think it's worked out pretty well for him.”

Standing 6-feet and weighing 235 pounds, Chris plays the H-back position and is asked to perform a number of tasks for Union's offense.

He doesn't scoff at having to play more than one position. In fact, he relishes his role on the team.

“I do whatever I can,” Chris said. “Block, catch — do whatever I need to do, the tough things.”

Fridrich asks Chris to shoulder so much responsibility because Union's offense becomes more dynamic when he's is on the field. The offense can seamlessly switch formations and not have to worry about subbing personnel.

“We feel like he creates some mismatch problems for guys who are trying to play him with an outside backer or even a safety, because he can stretch the field as a receiver,” Fridrich said. “But also he's big enough to come in and block linebackers.”

Chris is willing to take on blockers and act as a decoy in passing formations, because, just like that second-grade kid Barbie remembers, he just wants to play.

“I've been blessed with the son I have,” Barbie said. “He found something he loved when he was little, and it just grew.”



The Oklahoman's Super 30

Every day for the next month, The Oklahoman's high school sports staff will bring you a feature story on one of the state's top football prospects, counting down from No. 30 to No. 1 on our Super 30 recruit rankings. It began on Saturday with No. 30 Trevan Smith of Edmond Santa Fe and will end on July 22 with the state's No. 1 college prospect. Sunday's featured player is No. 29 Chris Hall of Tulsa Union. Check back every day to see who's next on the list.

No. 29: Chris Hall

School: Tulsa Union

Height: 6-0

Weight: 235

Position: Fullback

Committed: Tulsa

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