Hall Looks Ahead To Playoffs, Visits

Ohio State fans are hoping the Buckeyes save a spot in their class of 2009 for Cleveland Glenville offensive lineman Marcus Hall, who has listed the in-state power as one of his top teams. Find out how he played last week and what he thinks of the coming weeks as BuckeyeSports.com has the latest.

CLEVELAND – Another day, another blowout victory for Marcus Hall and the Glenville Tarblooders.

The five-star offensive line prospect was just one cog in an offensive machine that rolled over helpless Senate Athletic League foe Collinwood by a 56-0 score Oct. 9. From his right tackle spot, the 6-5, 293-pound Hall helped power the offense to victory but had one play stand out in particular.

With the Tarblooders already comfortably ahead in the second half, Hall delivered at least two downfield blocks on a delayed screen pass that went 30 yards for a score and made it 43-0 with 6:10 remaining in the game.

"We had a two-count on them," Hall told BSB after the game. "They think they're getting past, but we're going downfield to get somebody else – a linebacker, cornerback, safety, whoever."

The win was just another of the lopsided variety for the Tarblooders, who sit atop the Region 1 state rankings with a perfect 7-0 record through Oct. 7. Glenville's last six foes have been outscored by a 213-12 margin.

After the game, Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr. preached to his players the importance of staying focused on the task at hand and not looking ahead to the looming state playoffs.

"It's really hard to not get relaxed, but our main thing is giving each other good looks in practice," Hall said. "That's where it starts. You have to play the best. We feel like we're the best, so if we go against the best every day then we feel like nobody can beat us."

Although the focus for Hall and his teammates is on capturing a state title – something that has been elusive for Ginn during his tenure at Glenville – the senior also has to pay some attention to the recruiting process.

For now, it takes a backseat to his current teammates, Hall said.

"I just put the recruiting process to the back of my mind," he said. "Obviously it's hard to do that, but I just put it to the back of my mind. It's not completely out of my mind because it is reality and I will have to deal with it sooner or later. Right now I'm trying to stay focused on the team by being humble. I'm just looking at the matter at hand and go out and win a state championship."

As a result, Hall said he plans to wait to take all his official visits until after his senior season is complete. Then he will take trips to see each of his four top schools: Ohio State, Illinois, LSU and Miami, Fla.

"I talk to Coach (Taver) Johnson from Ohio State and Coach (Eric) Wolford from Illinois and I talked to Miami and I'm thinking about going to Ohio State the first or second week of December, Miami the weekend of Dec. 12 and I'm thinking about going to Illinois in January."

After the trip to see the Fighting Illini, Hall said he will visit LSU – a team he has grown fond of since the spring. While attending an offensive lineman camp at Bowling Green – a Glenville tradition – after leaving an OSU camp, he spent time with LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.

A native of Fostoria, Ohio, who graduated from BGSU in 1987, Studrawa left an impression on Hall.

"It was a Bowling Green lineman camp and I got a chance to work not on a one-on-one basis but it felt like a one-on-one basis because he's a real good coach," Hall said. "He has a real good player-coach relationship even when there's a big crowd of guys."

As the latest highly touted player to come from Glenville, Hall is frequently referred to as an OSU lean. Although he expressed interest in the Buckeyes, he stopped short of describing them as his top school.

"Ohio State is not out of the picture for me," he said. "I'm really, really interested in Ohio State. They're definitely in the top four with the other schools. I'm just going to go on my visits, see what appeals, see the pros and cons of every school and just sit down with Coach Ginn, my family and go with the best option."

When Hall does sit down to make a decision, Ginn expressed confidence that he will make the right one – wherever that might take him.

"I think Marcus knows the importance of Ohio State and he knows the importance of all the other schools," Ginn said. "I think this is a decision he's got to make between him and his mother and father. I think when you put it all on a scale, he'll figure it out."

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