Tarleton Football signs highly coveted offensive linemen Connally, Hall


STEPHENVILLE — Wednesday marked the first day of the early period for football recruits to sign their national letters of intent, and the Texans announced they have signed two highly coveted offensive linemen out of high school.

Rikter Connally and Jake Hall signed their NLI’s with Tarleton Football on Wednesday, both offensive linemen coming off of elite Texas high school careers.

Connally, 6-5 and 270 pounds, had 10 offers besides Tarleton’s, including ones from Tulsa, UNLV, Sam Houston, North Texas and SMU. He originally committed to SMU before later opening his commitment back up and choosing Tarleton.

The incoming freshman played four years at Seminole High School out of Seminole, Texas. This past season he was named the District 2-4A Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year, while also earning First Team honors at defensive tackle.

Connally is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports.com.

Hall, 6-3 and 290 pounds, hails from Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas. He had nine other offers besides Tarleton’s, including Sam Houston, Idaho State, Northwestern State, plus interest from the likes of Texas Tech and Army, before he signed with the Texans on Wednesday.

Hall was District 4-6A First Team All-District the last two years and also earned Second Team All-State honors.

Tarleton’s newest freshman helped the Southlake Carroll Dragons win the 6A Region I District 4 championship, leading them to a 13-1 overall record and three playoff victories.

The Texans have signed multiple midyear transfers as well, but plan to announce their full 2023 recruiting class on the first day of the regular signing period, Feb. 1.

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