Marcus Hall, the 6-foot-5, 293-pound four-star offensive tackle is the latest in a long line of great recruits from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
Hall already has around 15 scholarship offers and says he favors Ohio State slightly over Illinois, USC, Michigan and Alabama. All of his favorites have offered except the Trojans. His first offer came from Illinois in December and he plans to attend the Illini spring game.
"My recruiting coach from Illinois is also the offensive line coach (Eric Wolford) and he's great," Hall said. "Also my teammate, Cordale Scott, just signed with them and he says I'd really love it there. He told me that recruiting is about me and that I should never feel obligated to do anything I don’t want.
"It would be a big bonus if I could go and play with one of my old teammates," he said. "Glenville always sends guys to a lot of schools."
Another teammate of Hall's, Shawntel Rowell (defensive tackle), signed with Ohio State. "As an Ohio kid you always follow the Buckeyes,"Hall said. "They have a great steady coaching staff and they are just as intense in the weight room and in practice as they are on the field. I like how disciplined they are and they prove it on the field every year."
Ohio State is only two hours from Hall's house and they are the only school that he's already visited. "I don't really have much to compare them to yet," he said. "I plan on going on the Ted Ginn Bus Tour in June and we'll get to see about 12 to 14 different schools, so that'll be great.
"I really want to get out to the West Coast and visit USC too," he said. "I think I'd really like it out there. I've been watching USC on TV a lot and I like how they play and how aggressive they are. They send me a lot of cards and letters, but haven't talked about an offer or anything yet."
Although Hall is a Buckeye fan, he admits he likes their rival, Michigan, significantly as well. "I like them a lot," he said. "They always have a great offensive line and they lost a few big linemen, so I think that's a plus. I like my chances to contribute early there. I really want to visit them and see what it's like."
Another school that Hall is looking forward to visiting in person is Alabama. "They have a really good fan base," Hall said. "They really love their football down there. Also I had a chance to meet coach Nick Saban before and I like how he's all about business. He doesn't beat around the bush."
Hall says he also has offers from Michigan State, Syracuse, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, West Virginia, Tennessee and Florida State.
"I would like to go through the whole recruiting process, but if I feel like I've found the right school for me without a doubt, I'll commit," he said. "My friends say that recruiting is fun and to take my time, but honestly I'd rather already know where I'm going. I just want to focus on school and not have to worry about college and being recruited. It's just always in the back of my mind right now."
Glenville High School finished '07 with a 10-2 record. Hall says he can bench 350 pounds and squat 415. He also has a 25-inch vertical jump. While he's been listed to run a 5.85 forty, Hall says it's closer to a 5.35 now.
"I run block well and I'm really aggressive," he said. "I'm athletic enough to move around and am pretty big. I watch a lot of film on myself and want to get off the ball faster and work on staying low. I do a lot of rubber band work and I think that's helping."
Hall reports a 2.7 core GPA and is taking the ACT on April 12.