Marcus Hall Talks Favorites, Summer Plans

The Cleveland Glenville pipeline to Ohio State has been flowing liberally for the past several years, and the latest big prospect to potentially travel down it is offensive tackle Marcus Hall. In this update, find out what he thinks about the Buckeyes, what his summer plans are and who his top team is right now.

It's good to be Marcus Hall.

At least, that was the sentiment the five-star offensive tackle prospect expressed to BuckeyeSports.com as he discussed his recruitment. With many of the nation's top schools beating a path to his Cleveland home, the Glenville Tarblooder is finding a silver lining in the hectic pace that is the recruiting process.

"The recruiting process can be hectic at times but I'm enjoying it because I know there are a lot of young men that want to be in my position right now," he said. "I'm just taking advantage of it and enjoying it."

At 6-5, 293 pounds, Hall is ranked as Scout.com's No. 2 offensive tackle in the country. A five-star prospect, he holds offers from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan and Illinois and has received interest from schools such as USC and Penn State.

But naturally, as a Tarblooder Hall is assumed to be a lean to the Buckeyes. In all, eight players hailing from Glenville will be on the OSU roster this fall. And while that might be the case, it does not mean Hall is ready to end things right now and sign up for head coach Jim Tressel.

"It's good to have guys that you know that go to the same college, but I kind of want to go out and see what's out there," he said. "I don't want to limit myself to just one school so early. I want to go on my official visits and see what other schools have to offer."

Hall has a trio of former Tarblooders he leans on for advice. Included in that group are OSU offensive lineman Bryant Browning and defensive end Robert Rose as well as Iowa quarterback Arvell Nelson.

Instead of trying to pressure Hall to join their respective programs, they have been advising the senior-to-be to see what is the best fit for him.

"It's helped a lot," he said. "This has been a real big help because I'm new to it but I also have someone I can go back to and ask questions about stuff. They will tell me different things like what to look for and what to do and what not to do through the whole recruiting process."

For the summer, Hall plans to take part in the annual Ted Ginn Bus Tour that will stop in numerous schools across the region including OSU. Those will be the only unofficial visits he plans to take aside from a planned camp experience at Bowling Green.

Once the fall rolls around, Hall has a few official visits already on his mind: He will likely check out OSU, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Florida State and Michigan.

As for his contact with the Buckeyes, Hall is being recruited by safeties coach Taver Johnson and offensive line coach Jim Bollman. Both have been recruiting him for more than a year, he said.

"I've developed a real good relationship with Coach Johnson," Hall said. "Coach Bollman being my position coach, when I've been down to the school I've been in on their O-line meetings and I really like the way he coaches. I've gotten a chance to watch film with him and he's a real good coach."

Whether that proves to be enough to secure an eventual commitment from Hall to the Buckeyes remains to be seen, but things appear to be looking pretty good for the program so far.

"Ohio State is a real good school," he said. "I've visited them, and it was great. The coaching staff is great from what I see and what I hear. I think it's only fair to say that they're No. 1 on my list right now because they're the only school I've gotten out and visited."


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