It was the call that Jaraymond Hall had been waiting for. The 2017 Oak Park (MI) standout had only a Miami (Ohio) offer to his name heading into last week, but a standout performance at the Adidas Top 10 Showcase a week prior had stirred up some well-deserved buzz. Then late last week it happened.
“I was watching TV and then (Oak Park) Coach (Greg) Carter called me and told me he had good news for me,” recalled Hall. “He gave me Coach Wheatley’s number and I called him. I like Coach Wheatley. He is pretty cool. He seems energetic. He told me they were offering me a scholarship.”
“I was shocked. I wasn’t expecting it. My dad was shocked. Everybody was shocked. It was unbelievable. I was excited. I was real excited.”
An offer from Bowling Green came the same day, but it the Maize & Blue news that reverberated throughout the Oak Park family. It wasn’t long before his teammate and best friend Marquan McCall caught wind.
“Marquan was really happy for me,” Hall said. “I just told him he was up next. He has just got to keep working.”
The talented duo has openly vowed to play college football together, and as such plan to take most if not all of the college visits together. They were both in attendance at Michigan’s spring game and came away extremely impressed.
“It was real nice,” said Hall. “I liked the fans. The fans were real energetic. When I walked through the tunnel they were reaching their hands out. I loved all of that when I was up there.”
Needless to say the whirlwind week firmed up Wolverines’ already firm standing in the early stages of his recruitment.
“They were already in my top five,” Hall said plainly. “It’s Michigan.”
Arizona State, Michigan State, Georgia and Alabama round out that top group. Hall hopes to see as many of those campuses in the coming months as possible. Two sure visits he has etched in stone are camp stops in Ann Arbor and East Lansing this summer.