College football locals: Former Lely star Darion Hall now at Tennessee State

Lely's Darion Hall breaks away from all East Lee tacklers on his way to a 48-yard touchdown during the first half as East Lee High School visited Lely for a Friday night football game on Oct. 9, 2009. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Lely's Darion Hall breaks away from all East Lee tacklers on his way to a 48-yard touchdown during the first half as East Lee High School visited Lely for a Friday night football game on Oct. 9, 2009. Greg Kahn/Staff

Former Lely High School star running back Darion Hall has transferred to Tennessee State from the University of Miami.

Hall was suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules at Miami in February, and was no longer with the program in March.

Hall is eligible immediately at Tennessee State, which is a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) program in the Ohio Valley Conference.

"Darion is a kid that we looked at out of high school and recruited all the way until he decided to go to the University of Miami," Tennessee State coach Rod Reed told the Tennessean. "We feel like he can add some depth to our offense. The addition of him to the stable of backs we already have makes us that much stronger."

At Miami, Hall was redshirted his freshman year after undergoing shoulder surgery, and was a member of the scout team last season, appearing in only the Bethune-Cookman game.

Hall rushed eight times for 51 yards in the spring game in 2011. For the Trojans, he averaged 143 rushing yards a game and scored 13 TDs over his last two seasons. Tennessee State also added former Florida tight end A.C. Leonard, who had been suspended with the Gators.

"We did our research on the guys and talked to the coaches down there before we decided to move forward," Reed told the Tennessean. "We brought these kids in and we sat down and talked with them. They know what we expect out of them."

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