Hall Does Some Reshuffling

Fans of Ohio State recruiting were surprised when Cleveland Glenville offensive lineman Marcus Hall returned from his official visit to Michigan and named the Wolverines as the leaders for his services. Have things changed now that the dust has settled on that visit? BuckeyeSports.com has the answers.

The aura of Michigan is wearing off for Marcus Hall.

After taking an official visit during the Jan. 9th weekend to check out the Wolverines, the four-star offensive tackle prospect from Cleveland Glenville was quoted as saying that they had passed everyone and now sat at the top of his list.

But now with the benefit of having had some time to reflect upon his trip and weigh the schools he is considering, that no longer is the case.

"It was right after I got off the plane and I'm still fresh off the official visit stuff and the high they put you on while you're there," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "Once you sit down and weigh things, it's a lot clearer. I'm still looking at Michigan but most likely I won't be there."

The Wolverines remain in the picture, but they now appear to be third on the list for the 6-5, 293-pound Hall. Ahead of Michigan are both Ohio State and Miami (Fla.), the latter of whom he is headed to visit officially today (Jan. 23).

After that, Hall has an official visit scheduled for Tennessee the following weekend. However, there is a chance Hall could decide before taking his trip to see the Volunteers, putting them behind Hall's other three schools.

"Right now I'm just with Miami and Ohio State and Michigan," he said. "Those are my three right now. Really Miami and Ohio State are my favorites right now. I hope to make a decision after my Miami visit and before signing day; somewhere in that time period."

One school that Hall was heavily considering was Illinois. When the Fighting Illini lost their offensive line coach, defensive line coach and defensive coordinator, that led Hall to drop them from his list of schools.

A planned official visit for Jan. 16 was canceled, and Hall said he was disappointed how that chapter of his recruiting story turned out.

"I was more disappointed than anything," he said. "I was really looking at Illinois seriously and I was looking forward to taking my visit there and seeing my atmosphere. When that happened it was a sign to me that they didn't have a pretty strong staff because a couple coaches left, not just Coach (Eric) Wolford. That let me know that they didn't have a sturdy staff."

After his visit this weekend to check out the Hurricanes, Hall will be visited at home Wednesday by OSU head coach Jim Tressel. In addition to his recruitment, Hall is in his final season of basketball for the Tarblooders. On the gridiron, Scout.com ranks him as the No. 5 offensive tackle prospect in the country.

Hall said he is feeling the pressure of making a final decision, but added that he knows what he is looking for in a school.

"There's a little bit of pressure on me, but I'm trying to weigh my options," he said. "I'm looking at the schools, the good and bad things and going from there. I'm definitely looking for a comfortable place that fits me and somewhere where I can feel safe with my academic support and then a course to early playing time."

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