Despite overtures from the Miami Hurricanes and, recently, a late push by Lane Kiffin, Ohio State is where Marcus Hall seemed destined to be. His comments, if nothing else, give hope for the future of the offensive line as Hall has set lofty goals on doing all he can to ensure Big Ten and national championships for the in-state school.
The commitment puts some kind of ribbon on a stellar recruiting haul for Ohio State. The Buckeyes missed out on Tajh Boyd (Clemson verbal) and Corey Adams (Arizona State verbal), but the announcement gives the Buckeyes some star power in the waning moments of the 2009 season. Hall’s commitment gives the Buckeyes the no. 2 in-state player1 and one of the top 5 tackle prospects in America. Further, his verbal gives the Buckeyes a clean sweep of the state’s best linemen (Hall, Mewhort, Linsley, Longo) and a clean sweep of all their Glenville offers. The pipeline to Ohio State remains strong, with Cordale Scott as the lone Tarblooder to turn down an offer from Tressel.
The commitment gives Ohio State at least one of its two remaining targets on the board. Marlon Brown, a wide receiver from Tennessee, still has a decision pending among Ohio State, Tennessee and Georgia. His specific decision, likely NOT to be Ohio State, will come on Signing Day.
Until then, may we celebrate the latest addition to the Ohio State family.