The University of Vanderbilt’s football team will soon be graduating their 6’0” cornerback, Andre Hal, a star athlete who was recently named to the All-SEC second team by the Associated Press.
After three and a half years of college, Hal will graduate this month with a degree in Sociology.
Hal, a 2010 graduate of Port Allen High School, was recruited by the Commodore, and upon visiting the campus in Nashville, Tennessee, committed to the school. He instantly had a connection to the campus and the players and fell in love with the city.
“It felt like home,” Hal said.
Hal’s love for football began at an early age. His father, Andre Hal Sr., a former collegiate football player for Eastern Arizona, sparked his interest in the sport, and he began playing football for the Baton Rouge Rams at 8-years-old.
The Commodores boast an 8-4 record this season after beating several challenging opponents like Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee, making history along the way.
“We beat all three of them in one season; that’s never happened before,” said Hal.
This season, Hal has racked up 27 solo tackles (seven of which came against Ole Miss) and 13 assisted. In addition to his 40 tackles on the season, Hal had two interceptions this year. He also had 14 breakups, which tied him up for the most in the SEC, a category he finished second in a year ago. Throughout his college career, Hal has tallied 90 solo tackles, 34 assisted, and five interceptions.
“The best part of playing here has been making history,” said Hal. “Before I got here, they weren’t a really good team, and it had been years since they went to a bowl game. My sophomore year, we went to our first bowl game in a very long time. Now it’s my senior year, and we’ve been three times in a row.”
Hal said he has big plans for life after graduation, which include an attempt to make it into the NFL.
“I’m going to start training for the draft and hopefully get drafted,” said Hal.
Early projections have Hal being drafted in the sixth round.
In spite of his success and status, Hal hasn’t forgotten those who have helped him along the way.
“My mom has really helped me get where I am today,” said Hal. “She’s always supported me in everything I wanted to do. She kept God in my life, and she taught me discipline. She taught me to be a leader, not a follower. She’s instilled all these things into me as a kid, and she’s the main reason I’m as successful as I am. I just wanted to make her proud.”