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Recruit’s future in question after knocking security guard into pool

Cameron Smith
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In the annals of poor senior choices affecting a prep star's future, the one made over spring break by St. Xavier (Kent.) High cornerback Daylen Hall, a Kentucky signee, has to make any list of most ill-advised in recent history.

As reported by Nation of Blue, a University of Kentucky fan site, Hall tackled a Panama City security guard into a pool while on a recent spring break trip with a number of teens from St. Xavier and other Louisville schools. More amazingly, he did so while the entire incident was videotaped, with the resulting camera footage then leaked on to YouTube, as you can see above.

The incident involving Hall begins around the 1:45 mark of the video above, when the defensive standout instructs his pool-bound cohorts to quiet down and clear away from a hotel security guard who was trying to get the teens to stop splashing and creating general disorder.

Hall lined up the guard, took off from a few feet away and leveled the security professional with a hard hit, sending both the guard and himself sprawling into the pool, where the disoriented hotel employee had to regain his senses while soaking wet.

The senior was arrested in Panama for the attack, though no word of what charges, if any, were filed against the teenager have yet been released. Also unknown is what the University of Kentucky will do about the athletic prospect, who is scheduled to arrive at the school this summer.

Should Hall face criminal charges, his case might serve as an early litmus test of how new Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips will handle off field discipline issues among recruits.

Regardless of what happens to Hall next, one thing is certain: His ill-advised tumble into a Panama pool couldn't have helped his stock at a very sensitive time.

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