Player Spotlight - Roy Hall
Roy Hall from Lyndhurst Brush High School was the top wide receiver in Ohio this year and will become one of the biggest receivers to ever play for Ohio State.
How big? David Boston big.
But the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Hall isn't done sculpting his frame just yet.
"I want to get up to 220, 225 and keep my speed (runs the 40 in 4.5)," Hall said. "And I'm actually hoping I'll grow another inch. Nate Clements told me he grew two inches while he was at Ohio State."
Hall has heard all the comparisons to Boston.
"That's a great compliment to me, he's my favorite player in the NFL," Hall said. "But I'm just trying to be my own guy, I don't want to try to be someone else. And as far as I know, I'm actually bigger than he was coming out of high school."
Hall grabbed 62 receptions for 700 yards and six touchdowns this past year at Brush and is a top 15 receiver nationally. He selected the Buckeyes over Georgia Tech and Northwestern.
"The coaches from Ohio State were the big difference. They took the time to get to know me and build a personal relationship with me. All of the coaches, even the offensive line coach, made sure they got to know me and they even gave me their home phone numbers so I could call them with any questions."
And it's a good thing that Hall and the OSU coaches hit it off. The big wideout was seriously considering a commitment to G-Tech.
"I think if I lived in Georgia, that's where I might have went. They have one of the best engineering schools in the country and that's the most important thing to me right now."
Hall carries a 3.8 GPA in high school and will major in either mechanical or electrical engineering at OSU.
He is also a standout basketball player who averages 20 points per game and was named first-team All-State in Division I last year.
"I like basketball, but I always knew football was my sport. I knew that's what I wanted to play in college."
What he didn't know, when he committed to OSU on Aug. 29, was that he'd be part of one of the nation's best recruiting classes. He knew it would be a good, but this good?
"I don't think you could have expected such a great class. It gives me a great feeling to be coming in with these guys. The more talent we have, the better we'll be."
Hall already knows several of his future teammates, some very well.
"Justin (Zwick) and I talk all the time and I know Maurice (Clarett) really well too. We had to go down for a couple of banquets and functions together. But now when I call him, he doesn't have time to talk. He's too busy trying to keep up with his schoolwork (at OSU)."
Hall has already done some daydreaming about what the 2002 recruiting class could accomplish down the line.
"I've thought about this a lot: By the time our senior year comes around, who are you going to key on? We have the quarterback, the running back, the receivers and the offensive line. We have all kinds of weapons. And on defense, we have three of the top linebackers in the country and some other great players."
But unlike a lot of his fellow recruits, Hall isn't necessarily in a hurry to get on the field right away.
"I think every freshman's goal is to play the first year, but I don't see anything wrong with redshirting. I want to play, but I don't just want to play a little bit and have it cost me a full year.
"The only thing I'm thinking about is coming in and learning the playbook, getting adjusted to the college atmosphere and working really hard. Playing time will come with hard work and dedication."
What about the strengths and weaknesses of Hall's game?
"Route-running, reading defenses, good hands, adjusting to the ball, my jumping ability and my size," Hall said of his strengths.
"I don't know about weaknesses, but I want to work on my speed and conditioning."
Off the field, Hall enjoys listening to jazz music "to relax" and also likes watching Sportscenter.
A show he might see himself on in a few years, if not sooner.
Special thanks to Roy for the interview!
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