Hall Rates Ohio State Visit a '10'

Cleveland Glenville star lineman Marcus Hall has completed his official visit to Ohio State. Hall, one of the top offensive line prospects in the country, is scheduled to announce his final choice on National Signing Day. Bill Greene spoke to Hall and filed this report.

Cleveland Glenville star offensive lineman Marcus Hall kicked off his official visit tour with Ohio State this past weekend. Hall will also be visiting Michigan, Illinois, Miami (Fla.) and LSU.

"I just got home from Ohio State, and it went real good," Hall stated. "I've been there a lot, but I got to meet a lot of people I hadn't had a chance to meet with before. That was pretty cool. I met Zach Boren, Storm Klein and Tajh Boyd for the first time. I had already met John Simon and Adam Bellamy, but it was good seeing them again. It was good to be able to hang out with all the other recruits."

Another player Hall met for the first time was current Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Hall was impressed by the first-year signal caller.

"I met Terrelle earlier on Saturday, and then he came out to eat with all of us that night," he said. "That was pretty cool of him to want to hang out with all the recruits, and he's a good recruiter himself. He was working all the recruits pretty good. It was cool being with him, when he wasn't busy signing autographs. He's pretty popular in Columbus, and he's just like being around a rock star. Pryor is a very cool guy, no doubt about it."

He also met Ohio State strength and conditioning coach Eric Lichter for the first time and came away pleased by the meeting.

"He's a really intense kind of guy, and I like that a lot," Hall said. "He showed me a few videos of how his workout schedule goes, and I was impressed. Getting along with the strength and conditioning coach is a must for me, so it was good to be able to sit down and speak with him. I can tell how good he is, and I'm definitely impressed with him a lot."

Hall also spent time with Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. The two have spoken often, but Hall said this meeting was a lot more relaxed than any previous conversation.

"Coach Tressel is just a great guy, and I'm really starting to get to know him really well," Hall admitted. "He pulled me into his office for he and I to speak alone, and that was good. He and I spoke about a lot of things other than football. He asked me how basketball was going for me, and he kidded me about playing hoops. Coach Tressel and I have a very good relationship, and he reminds me of Coach (Ted) Ginn (Sr.) at Glenville."

Ohio State offensive line coach Jim Bollman also sought Hall out, and the two of them spoke about the possibility of Hall playing early at Ohio State.

"I like Coach Bollman a lot, and we are just starting to get to know each other really well," he explained. "My host this weekend was (Glenville alumnus) Bryant Browning, and he just raves about Bollman, and how he's his favorite coach on the staff. I've known Bryant since I was a freshman, and he's like a big brother to me. I know Coach Bollman is good for getting guys ready for the NFL. He told me the best guys play at Ohio State, and that's the way it should be."

Hall has said from the beginning that his official visits will be the deciding factor in choosing a school. So how did he rate his Buckeye visit?

"On a scale of 1-10, this visit was a 10, for sure," Hall exclaimed. "My visits are the most important part of my decision. Coach Ginn always tells me to never forget who I am, and where I come from, and at Ohio State I always feel very comfortable. It's easy to see myself playing there, and doing well, should I choose to go to Ohio State."


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