For the second time in less than two years, highly-touted 2009 recruit Patrick Hall of USC has been forced to deal with a significant injury to one of his knees, SCPlaybook.com is reporting.
According to the Scout.com website, Hall tore the ACL in his left knee after intercepting a pass during a players-only workout a week ago Thursday. The cornerback will undergo surgery to repair the damage once the swelling has subsided, at which point rehab on the knee is expected to take in the neighborhood of nine months.
“I was able to walk off the last ACL tear I had and I knew it was the same thing (this time),” Hall said. “I just didn’t want to show everybody.”
Hall had previously torn the ACL in his right knee during summer camp in 2009 and missed all of that season, taking a redshirt for the following year as rehab on the knee continued. Needless to say, Hall will miss the entire 2011 season as well.
As noted by the Scout site, and because he will have missed two complete seasons because of injury, Hall will petition for a sixth season of eligibility. If granted, Hall would have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2012.
As a five-star member of Pete Carroll‘s final Trojans’ recruiting class in 2009, the Ventura, Calif., product was the No. 2 athlete — and No. 19 player overall — in the country according to Rivals.com.