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Clemson’s Rod Hall set for NFL tryout Thursday


Former Clemson point guard Rod Hall is getting his shot at a pro career, but at least this Thursday – it’s in football.

Hall (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) is set to workout for a number of NFL teams, including the Carolina Panthers and teams as far away as Kansas City. A highlight clip from his senior campaign at Laney High School proved to be the foot in the door recently, where he totaled 1,200-plus receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Hall was named AJC region-AA All-State among names like Isaiah Crowell, Lorenzo Mauldin and Clemson’s own Tyshon Dye out of Elbert.

His high school coach Lemuel Lackey says “the film doesn’t lie.”

“The biggest thing is it came easy to him,” Lackey told the Augusta Chronicle. “One thing I can say about him, when he was with us, he was 100 percent committed to doing the things he need to do to be a good football player.”

Hall admits he’s a bit rusty, but described himself as “a playmaker” on the gridiron to hometown station WJBF.

“I caught the ball a little (this week). That was my first time in a long time,” he said.”I know I won’t be as good in drills as a football player would be, but I don’t think it will be bad at all.”

Hall started over 100 games in a Clemson uniform, scoring 926 points and shooting over 75 percent from the free throw line as upperclassman (after shooting under 60 percent as an underclassman).

He told the station he graduates on May 8 with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management and hopes down the road to run a Boys & Girls Club.