Marcus Hall, the 6-foot-5, 293-pound five-star offensive tackle from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, has nearly 30 scholarship offers and is beginning to narrow things down.
"My top three right now are Ohio State, Illinois and USC (no offer)," Hall said. "I don't want to put a timetable on anything, but I would like to take some visits before I commit."
Hall, ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, grew up following the Buckeyes and says Ohio State still leads slightly. "I love the atmosphere there," he said.
"Ohio State has great tradition and are always winning. It's a great place and the people there love the team. I also like coach Jim Tressel a lot and he's really well respected."
In fact, Hall says the thing he's most looking forward to in the 2008 season is the USC vs Ohio State game. "I can't wait for that game," he said. "It's gonna be real huge."
So who is Hall rooting for and who does he think will win? "I can't say what I want to say because I'm from Ohio, but I think it'll be a great game," he answered.
The Trojans haven't offered Hall yet, but he says they are recruiting him. "I'm hearing from them a lot," he said. "We email back and forth and they just check in on me to see how everything is going. We haven't really talked about a scholarship yet.
"USC has a great program and they send guys to the league every year and always produce great o-linemen," he said. "I think I'd be able to make an impact there and get to play."
Another school that Hall feels he'd be able to make an impact at is Illinois. "They are a real up-and-coming program," he said. "They are losing a good number of o-linemen and I'd probably be able to come in and compete early.
"Playing time is big for me because I really want to play early," he said. "I like their o-line coach (Eric Wolford) and he told me that the best is yet to come at Illinois. I believe that and think the team's best days are still ahead of them. It's a great time to be at Illinois."
Rounding out Hall's top five behind Ohio State, Illinois and USC are Michigan and Miami. "A lot of people from Ohio don’t like Michigan, but I'm not worried about that," he said. "I don't take into consideration what other people think and have to decide what's best for me.
"Michigan has a great program and great tradition like Ohio State," he said. "Plus, their offensive lineman (Jake Long) just went number one in the draft and you can't beat that."
Miami is another school that has a good reputation for producing top offensive linemen. "They are going to be needing some linemen too," he said. "They only signed two this year and are losing like four, so it's a great opportunity to come in and play early.
"I also like the coaches at Miami," he said. "They are a great group of guys and I like how they seem to be bringing things back to basics. They are recruiting some great players and are serious about getting Miami back on top. I think they'll be able to do it."
Hall says he probably won't attend any camps this summer, but will be doing the Ted Ginn Bus Tour in June. "We'll be going to most of the Big Ten schools and a few MAC programs too," he said. "I'll get to see a lot of schools then."
Other schools that Hall has offers from are Michigan State, Syracuse, Indiana, West Virginia, Alabama, Iowa and Minnesota, among others.
He reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 16 ACT, which he is retaking on June 14. Hall says he wants to major in either business communications or sports medicine.