Tigers Sign Two California Junior College Standouts
Quarterback Arkelon Hall and receiver Steven Joachim will join the Tigers for spring practice.
Dec. 19, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis head coach Tommy West announced today the signing of quarterback Arkelon Hall and wide receiver Steven Joachim to National Letters of Intent to join the Tiger football team during the mid-year signing period. Hall and Joachim will enroll at the U of M in January and will both practice with the team this spring.
Hall, 6-3 and 220 pounds, was rated the nation's No. 8 quarterback prospect by ESPN.com after throwing for 56 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 yards in two years as a starter for Edison High School in Fresno, Calif. He signed with Washington State out of high school and redshirted in 2005 at WSU. He broke his leg in a preseason scrimmage in 2006 and later transferred to the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif., where he passed for 2,398 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2007. He averaged 239.8 yards per game and completed 53.1 percent of his passing attempt while also running for five touchdowns and 144 yards. He passed for more than 300 yards in his final two games at COS, including a 350-yard effort in a 59-57 loss to Sierra in the final game of the season. In 2004, Hall was invited to participate in the EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback Camp and Competition and was also ranked No. 81 in the ESPN Top 100 Players in America.
"Arkelon Hall is a really talented player and is probably one of the most celebrated players from a recruiting standpoint that we have had in a while," said West. "He was an Elite 11 quarterback coming out of high school and was recruited nationally. When we watched him on tape, we felt like he really fit in with our offense. Sequoias does a lot of what we do. He can make every throw that we make and I look forward to seeing him compete with our other quarterbacks this spring."
Joachim, 6-4 and 205 pounds, played two seasons at Mendocino College in Ukiah, Calif., where he earned first-team All-Bay Valley Conference honors in 2006 and 2007. In his 17 career games with Mendocino, he totaled 79 receptions for 1,076 yards and 13 touchdowns as well as four 100-yard receiving games. He helped his squad to an 8-3 overall record and a Bay Valley Conference championship in 2007 after ranking second on the team in receptions with 50 for 627 yards. He led the Eagles in touchdown catches with nine, while also ranking third on the team in scoring with 64 points. Joachim closed out the 2007 season with nine receptions for a season-high 121 yards and a touchdown against Cabrillo College in the Capital Shrine Bowl. A native of Miami, Fla., Joachim prepped at North Miami Senior High. His brother, Sergiori Joachim, is a senior wide receiver at UCF.
"I am excited about Steven Joachim signing with us because he gives us another big receiver," West said. "He is an outstanding deep-ball receiver and is right in line and very similar to Carlos (Singleton) and Duke (Calhoun)."
The Tigers (7-5) take to the field one last time this season when they face Florida Atlantic (7-5) in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Louisiana Superdome. It is Memphis' fourth bowl appearance in the last five years.