Oak Park (Mich.) 2017 offensive tackle Ja’Raymond Hall committed to Michigan back in December, but this-offseason has been anything but a laid back one for the talented youngster.
The Motor City lineman is working to further develop his game and this past weekend traveled to Illinois for the Chicago Showcase to compete against a loaded field of talent.
“It’s been going good this off-season,” Hall told The Michigan Insider. “I’m just trying to get stronger and have been in the weight room and improved my strength. I’m mainly looking to improve my strength. A lot of footwork and position work and trying to get faster also.
"I have seen improvement, but I’m just trying better. Just keep lifting and getting stronger. I’m trying to prove that I am good and that it isn’t all hype. I’m trying to go against some of the best talent.”
Hall is in a Wolverine recruiting class that has recently seen a flurry of commitments including one from a fellow in-state standout in linebacker Josh Ross. That news came as a pleasant surprise to Hall.
“I talked to him and welcomed him,” said Hall. “I woke up to it shocked and wasn’t expecting it really. It was real big. We are all real close in the class.”
The 6-foot-5, 282-pound Hall plans to attend Michigan’s spring game on April 1, but will also have another opportunity to see the coaches and put on his recruiting hat as well.
“I have been contact with the coaches and they are telling me things like just have a great week,” said Hall. “I have also been going up there to just talk to them, watching film, watching practice and really liking it a lot. They look real good.”
“Oh yeah, the whole pipeline nine I’m recruiting. I’m trying to get everybody in-state. I’m trying to go after them all and I want them all. We want them all. I have also been contact with the coaches and they are telling things like just have a great week. I have also been going up there to just talk to them, watching film, watching practice and really liking it a lot. They look real good.”
One coach that Hall has forged the best relationship with from the Michigan coaching staff is Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Tim Drevno.
“I kick it with Coach Drevno a lot,” said Hall. “It is a real good personality and a real good relationship. I get a real good vibe from him.”