Geno Hall (left) was a star at Crenshaw High School, where he was named the City Section Player of the Year in 2009. He played on a team that also featured Hayes Pullard (USC) and De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon). Photo by Jason Lewis
Former Crenshaw High School football star Geno Hall was shot seven times outside of a Halloween party on the campus of USC. He survived the attack, and went through three hours of surgery to remove the bullets from his thigh, the back of his leg, buttocks and arms.
The on campus party was for USC students only. A crowd of about 100 people formed outside. Several people in that crowd were non-USC students, and they were not allowed access to the party.
There was an argument outside of the party around 11:45 when the suspected shooter pulled out a gun and shot Hall, and three others were wounded as well. Two suspects were chased on campus and quickly caught by campus security.
In 2009 Hall was named the City Section player of the Year. As a wide receiver, he was the best player on a team that featured running back De’Anthony Thomas, who is in the Heisman Trophy race at Oregon, and Hayes Pullard, who is a starting linebacker at USC. Thomas was a junior that season, Pullard a senior.
Hall had his way with defenses, catching short and long passes, and even in double coverage. That season Crenshaw won the City Championship and nearly won the State Bowl title.
Hall went on to play at West Los Angeles College, and he was looking to make the jump to a Division I college football program.