Michigan's 2017 recruiting class grew considerably larger over the weekend as four-star offensive lineman JaRaymond Hall pledged to the Wolverines.
The six-foot-five, 272-pound product from Oak Park, Michigan called running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley to make the commitment official. Hall said that the atmosphere and the proximity to home played a major role in his decision to commit to U-M.
"The atmosphere (played a role)," Hall said. "Good feeling at home and my parents like it."
Hall also said he had the feeling of love for the Wolverines for a couple months. However, considering he still has an entire calendar year before his recruiting class' National Signing Day, he still wanted to go out and see other schools.
At the end of the day, U-M had always been on his mind.
"For a couple months I felt that way about Michigan," Hall said regarding his recruitment. "But I still wanted to get out to more schools but I've been feeling high on Michigan so I went and did it and called coach Wheatley."
He mentions that the relationship between him and Wheatley is strong and he had an affinity for the coach since the first day he met him.
The Wolverines are also under heavy pursuit of Hall's teammate in six-foot-three 280-pound Marquan McCall in the 2018 class. Although Hall remained non-committal about trying to recruit McCall and the other 2017 in-state talent, he cares more about McCall finding a program where he's comfortable.
"I don't know," Hall said. "I hope it impacts him but I want him to go somewhere where he's comfortable."
For now, Hall says that he's focusing on getting back up to U-M and preparing for his senior season.