"Right now, I really need to concentrate on my season, so I wanted to narrow my list down to five before the season starts next week," Hall explained. "I'm down to Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, LSU and Miami. These are the schools I'm concentrating on, but I have to admit I still have a little interest in USC, but they haven't offered me. I'm working with these schools to set up my official visits. I have nothing set right now, but I believe my first visit will be to Miami. Most of my visits will probably come after my season is over."
Hall took the time to explain what he happens to like about each school. He chose not to discuss his interest in USC at this time.
"I like Miami because of the style of play," he stated. "Miami plays a fast style and that appeals to me. They want their linemen to get upfield and block, and that's one of my strengths as a player. I like to get upfield and get hits on linebackers and defensive backs. I like the Miami coaching staff a lot.'
"I like Coach [Les] Miles at LSU a lot. The offensive line coach is Coach Greg [Studrawa], and he's an Ohio guy. I got to work out with the LSU line coach at the Bowling Green Big Man Camp. When he found out I was going to that camp he decided to fly up there and meet me, and he got to see me work out in person. It was a good workout and I like the way he coaches, with enthusiasm and his knowledge of the game.'
"Michigan is a big attraction to me because of watching Jake Long and seeing him become the number one pick in the NFL draft. I speak to [assistant coaches] Fred Jackson and Bruce Tall pretty often, and I feel they are rebuilding right now, but they're on the upswing. Coach Rodriguez will do a good job there and they'll be back on top pretty soon.'
"Illinois has been recruiting me for a while and I really like the line coach, Eric Wolford. He's young and I can relate to him a lot. I went on a visit there and I liked their facilities and their entire coaching staff. Coach Zook is very enthusiastic and he's doing a great job there. He is developing a family atmosphere at Illinois, and [teammate] Jonathan Newsome and I both liked it there a lot."
Finally, Hall spoke of his attraction for the in-state school, Ohio State. It's a school that he's very familiar with, and he has formed relationships with a lot of the Buckeye players.
"Ohio State is still near the top of my list," Hall said. "It's a good school and they have a lot of tradition. I know they have a lot of depth at my position and they've brought in a lot of linemen recently. I know nothing will be handed to me wherever I go, and I know I will have to earn playing time, but I really want to play early. It's still possible I could play there early and I know if I work hard that could happen, so I'm still looking at Ohio State real hard."
Hall spoke of the notion that it's almost expected that the great Glenville players will choose to go to Ohio State. He spoke of the pressure facing a Glenville player in his situation.
"I try not to think about that, but there's pressure being a Glenville kid and an Ohio kid, in itself," he explained. "I'm just going to make my decision carefully. I'll be talking to my parents and also to Coach [Ted] Ginn, to see what their thoughts are on everything. I want to look at each school individually, and find the best fit for me. Coach Ginn doesn't make me feel like it's mandatory for me to go to Ohio State. I won't be making my decision soon anyway, as it will be closer to signing day."
Hall will play in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas in January. Hall has earned a five-star ranking from Scout.com and is listed as the fourth best tackle prospect in the country.