Is UM in it for Glenville's Latest Big Timer?

Cleveland Glenville has earned a reputation over the years as one of the premiere programs in the country for producing elite college talent. The latest thoroughbred in Coach Ted Ginn's stable is 6-5, 295-pound offensive line prospect Marcus Hall. Do the Wolverines have a legitimate shot?

As is the case with most of the youngster’s under Ted Ginn’s guidance, Marcus Hall looks at his coach as a father figure that he can speak with about anything. Many of his elite prospects in the past have matriculated to Ohio State. However, Hall insists that that pattern will have no bearing on him.

“I do not feel inclined to go to Ohio State because of Coach Ginn and his relationship with (Ohio State),” Hall said matter-of-factly. “Ohio State is not for everybody. Do not get me wrong… I like Ohio State, but I want to go through the recruiting process. My family and I are going to look at the advantages and disadvantages of all the colleges and what would be the best place for me. Coach Ginn will be honest with me and if he thinks, Ohio State is not the right fit, he will tell me.”

Ted Ginn won’t be Hall’s only advisor during his recruitment. There will also be a more prominent influence looking to help the youngster maneuver through his process.

“I am taking an active role in Marcus’ recruiting by looking at depth charts with kids that have come in the last couple of years at each school,” Hall’s father said.

When the topic switched to Michigan’s recruitment of the talented tackle (which is being spearheaded by assistant Bruce Tall), Mr. Hall described a situation that he sees as advantageous.

“Well, their depth is beneficial with not much depth and with having that big tackle (Jake long) going early in the draft this year,” he said.

The Maize & Blue ‘s major disadvantage in their pursuit of the Glenville star is their relationship with his family, which is not as developed as those that they have forged with other programs. Mr. Hall indicated that family watched West Virginia play last year and that they are looking forward to meeting the Michigan coaches.

At this point the younger Hall lists six schools standing above his other suitors, but insists that that list is very fluid.

“I like Ohio State, Michigan, USC, Illinois, Florida, and Florida State,” he said. “I would like to look at (the schools) academically first, but the main thing is the offensive line and how they play. How many of them are going to graduate and the depth chart? Do not get me wrong… academics are very important to my parents and me, but I believe all the schools I am looking at have very good academics.”

Hall indicated he will take several unofficial visits this summer as part of Ted Ginn’s bus tour. He will take even more when the season rolls around and his game schedule allows it.


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