Hall commits to Ohio State

Marcus Hall has committed to Ohio State.

The offensive lineman from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, made his announcement on Monday at 1 p.m. He selected Ohio State over Tennessee and Miami.

Hall took an official visit to UT last weekend. His high school teammate, cornerback Mike Edwards, committed to UT on Jan. 25 and was a driving force behind Hall taking a closer look at UT.

Hall had long been predicted to eventually sign with Ohio State. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder is considered one of the top 100 prospects in the nation.

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MemphisVol writes:

damn.

Jillelumpkins writes:

MemphisVol, thanks for not posting 1st.

Goodluck to Hall at Ohio St.

GO VOLS!

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to MemphisVol:

damn.

I second that.

bigorangefan79 writes:

Double Dang!

utchris writes:

Where was the surprise his teammate called for?

Red_October writes:

so much for "shocking the world"...

rockitwithrespect writes:

he mentioned continuity of the coaching staff as a big factor, hope others dont see that as a problem

cb4vols#206343 writes:

I didn't have my hopes up for this kid, so I'm not totally disappointed in him heading elsewhere. Good luck to him. I still have faith that this new coaching staff will come through with flying colors and great recruits once they are given the necessary time to do their jobs. Here's to me being much happier 367 days from now........

Voldemort writes:

Is anybody starting to get a bad feeling about Wednesday?

RoyaltyVol writes:

daburnit!

thevoice writes:

Maybe the "shock" will come when he actually signs for UT on Wednesday? We can only hope.

volfan1967 writes:

in response to mtnsvol44:

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You post the same phooey every post. You Sir are the dumb one.

RoyaltyVol writes:

Until Kiff can win, the recruits won't come! Coach LK will have to have a great year in 09 to prove he can coach, then they will come. Winning breeds excellent recruits!

mhillvol#275693 writes:

in response to MemphisVol:

damn.

MemphisVol what is your take on Marlon Brown, do you live in Memphis?

mike_d writes:

My opinion is that any good players they can get this year is a bonus. Real hard to get in good with kids in 2 months when other schools have been on them 2 years.

letshave1more writes:

I am trying to stay positive but I dont think our recruiting class will be anything to write home about. Lets just hope CLK and CEO can coach them up this year.
Give this staff one year and we will have a top 5 class!!
GO VOLS!!

drone#208075 writes:

Smoke & mirrors - Seems the smoke is beginning clear and it will come down to what's done on the field.

VolMark writes:

Regardless of the class UT signs, we are better far better off than the previous staff. Our new staff has created some national excitement again for the first time in a decade. If the staff can show they can coach, the flood gates will open for our future recruiting classes. The unknown factor is too great with the new staff for these kids this year. We will have a solid class this year, big, fast and athletic. All will be OK, we have to be realistic and give the new guys some time. A few weeks is simply not enough.
I know this, UT will better in the future because of the coaching change, it was past time. Let these guys show what they can do, and the ball will start rolling.

VolFan27 writes:

Good Luck at OSU
Go Vols!

TommyJack writes:

Next year is the key. It was, IMO, never realistic to expect a gold rush this soon after the new staff was named. Ease up. Next year should be the year. Let's win 8 games or so this year and next year will take care of itself.

foolishfool writes:

I congradulate the staff for doing a good job on being runners up for a guy who didnt even have interest to begin with. The only reason I see why he would want to go to OSU is where he lives.

tulelakevol writes:

Let him go to the bratwurst belt. I hope he likes snow and playing for the standard bearing pansy of the big ten conference. I don't care about these snotty superstar recruits, I want some guys to come to UT that want to play football, and strap it on every Saturday, and go out and play as a TEAM. We need some muscle, heart and soul, not some primadonna with stars by his name.

StroVol writes:

in response to Voldemort:

Is anybody starting to get a bad feeling about Wednesday?

starting to? Uggh......yeah

volfan1967 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Next year is the key. It was, IMO, never realistic to expect a gold rush this soon after the new staff was named. Ease up. Next year should be the year. Let's win 8 games or so this year and next year will take care of itself.

One of the more rational posts I have seen in awhile. And I agree 100%.

rthestar#368358 writes:

in response to VolMark:

Regardless of the class UT signs, we are better far better off than the previous staff. Our new staff has created some national excitement again for the first time in a decade. If the staff can show they can coach, the flood gates will open for our future recruiting classes. The unknown factor is too great with the new staff for these kids this year. We will have a solid class this year, big, fast and athletic. All will be OK, we have to be realistic and give the new guys some time. A few weeks is simply not enough.
I know this, UT will better in the future because of the coaching change, it was past time. Let these guys show what they can do, and the ball will start rolling.

no proof at all of your statement and in fact on what we know right now the old staff was doing a MUCH BETTER recruiting job

rckymtngator writes:

As a former Gator player, I have friends who coach and recruit at numerous NCAA schools. They all told me not to expect a top class from Tennessee. The recruits do not think the Tennesse coaching staff is committed to the program. The recruits think that the Tennessee staff is committed to themselves and will jump back to the NFL as soon as a job opens up. Please do not shoot the messenger, just passing on what I have heard, I hope you guys have a decent class so that you can at least be competitive next year. Yes. I am an interloper. I read your site because it posts SEC news quicker than any other site.

bloodrunsorange writes:

in response to MemphisVol:

damn.

Yep!

cjraney writes:

in response to Voldemort:

Is anybody starting to get a bad feeling about Wednesday?

No. It's our new HC's first class and there could be some big positive surprises, or maybe not. I'm excited about the program's new direction, but we probably won't get there in the first season or recruiting class.

kiffinfan writes:

if we do not get any big names and just get the 15 or 16 that on the list i have seen i am looking forward to clk and staff proving that our talent is above average and show these people that are talking that we have not had a coach that can coach these kids to there full level. i think clk will show us stuff ouy of these kids that we have never seen go vols

RoyaltyVol writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

As a former Gator player, I have friends who coach and recruit at numerous NCAA schools. They all told me not to expect a top class from Tennessee. The recruits do not think the Tennesse coaching staff is committed to the program. The recruits think that the Tennessee staff is committed to themselves and will jump back to the NFL as soon as a job opens up. Please do not shoot the messenger, just passing on what I have heard, I hope you guys have a decent class so that you can at least be competitive next year. Yes. I am an interloper. I read your site because it posts SEC news quicker than any other site.

Thats the biggest bunch of gator phooey I've ever heard. I don't believe a word of it!

TommyJack writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

As a former Gator player, I have friends who coach and recruit at numerous NCAA schools. They all told me not to expect a top class from Tennessee. The recruits do not think the Tennesse coaching staff is committed to the program. The recruits think that the Tennessee staff is committed to themselves and will jump back to the NFL as soon as a job opens up. Please do not shoot the messenger, just passing on what I have heard, I hope you guys have a decent class so that you can at least be competitive next year. Yes. I am an interloper. I read your site because it posts SEC news quicker than any other site.

RMG: There could be some truth to what you hear. It is for certain that opposing coaches would talk up that scenario. This is a ruthless bidness. ALL recruiters lie IMO. If not about their school, then certainly about the enemy.

classic writes:

Little mad we are losing 4 stars while trying to grab other teams commits. I wonder if UF and AL commits were talking bad about UT this past weekend. Almost like they were here to talk some undecided kids to go against UT. This big weekend seems to get worse each day. Seems like we have spend too much time trying to take other teams commits instead of keeping our own.
We should never lose a kid to old miss and auburn.

And if everyone is so hight on 2010....I have not heard of anything positive for UT's class yet.

We know we hired some recruiters, but we better have hired some darn good football coaches.

DennisVols writes:

This staff did not have enough time to build the kind of relationship needed to land many top prospects this year. The class will wind up being fair, maybe a few good surprises.
If the staff can show improvement on the field this year then next years class will be a top 10 and maybe a top 5.
There is a lot of talent to be developed already on this team so as much as we might hate to we are going to have to wait and see the results on the field this fall.

cjraney writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

As a former Gator player, I have friends who coach and recruit at numerous NCAA schools. They all told me not to expect a top class from Tennessee. The recruits do not think the Tennesse coaching staff is committed to the program. The recruits think that the Tennessee staff is committed to themselves and will jump back to the NFL as soon as a job opens up. Please do not shoot the messenger, just passing on what I have heard, I hope you guys have a decent class so that you can at least be competitive next year. Yes. I am an interloper. I read your site because it posts SEC news quicker than any other site.

Those are real issues and I'm sure competing schools harp on those things. Hopefully after our coaches can build relationships with recruits over a 1-2 yr period there will be more trust in what they're saying. I still think we'll have top 15 class.

VolMark writes:

in response to rthestar#368358:

no proof at all of your statement and in fact on what we know right now the old staff was doing a MUCH BETTER recruiting job

We will never know how many of the former "commited" guys would have wound up signing,playing and/or contributing for UT. UT is/was in on better prospects because of the changes to the staff. We had no chance with any of these guys 8 weeks ago. If a change had not been made UT would have continued to slip and the other top SEC schools would have continued to pull away. Also, what good does a higher ranked class do if it does not show up on the field? Those are the facts over the past decade. I respect Coach Fulmer and what he did for UT. The new staff needs to show it on the field and the UT recruiting juggernaut will be back.

VolInSabanLand writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

As a former Gator player, I have friends who coach and recruit at numerous NCAA schools. They all told me not to expect a top class from Tennessee. The recruits do not think the Tennesse coaching staff is committed to the program. The recruits think that the Tennessee staff is committed to themselves and will jump back to the NFL as soon as a job opens up. Please do not shoot the messenger, just passing on what I have heard, I hope you guys have a decent class so that you can at least be competitive next year. Yes. I am an interloper. I read your site because it posts SEC news quicker than any other site.

As far as I'm concerned, (and I know I do not speak for all the gang here), you are welcome at this site. I think the "interlopers" label is strictly for those who constantly aggitate and cruise for conflict. Rational talk - even in disagreement - should be a welcome thing.

I fear you are right about recruits' views on this staff. I personally know one which "got away" and one of his comments was that Kiffin spent all his time talking about the NFL while this young man wanted to know about college football and his plans for it.

Its a double-edged sword. The NFL experience is impressive to many, but focusing on it too much is probably rather off-putting to others.

cjraney writes:

in response to rthestar#368358:

no proof at all of your statement and in fact on what we know right now the old staff was doing a MUCH BETTER recruiting job

I believe the prior staff's last class was rated #34 or thereabouts. I believe we will best that mark this year.

bigorange101582 writes:

in response to rckymtngator:

As a former Gator player, I have friends who coach and recruit at numerous NCAA schools. They all told me not to expect a top class from Tennessee. The recruits do not think the Tennesse coaching staff is committed to the program. The recruits think that the Tennessee staff is committed to themselves and will jump back to the NFL as soon as a job opens up. Please do not shoot the messenger, just passing on what I have heard, I hope you guys have a decent class so that you can at least be competitive next year. Yes. I am an interloper. I read your site because it posts SEC news quicker than any other site.

Evidently our coaches are pushing the NFL more than anything when recruiting so I believe this info may have some truth to it. Hope I'm wrong.

lovinwk writes:

Hope it works out for you. Good luck. GO VOLS!!!!

RoyaltyVol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

RMG: There could be some truth to what you hear. It is for certain that opposing coaches would talk up that scenario. This is a ruthless bidness. ALL recruiters lie IMO. If not about their school, then certainly about the enemy.

Notice he says the recruits are saying the coaches aren't committed to UT. I don't believe that.

kevin151 writes:

hope you become a bust big man......

letshave1more writes:

in response to VolMark:

Regardless of the class UT signs, we are better far better off than the previous staff. Our new staff has created some national excitement again for the first time in a decade. If the staff can show they can coach, the flood gates will open for our future recruiting classes. The unknown factor is too great with the new staff for these kids this year. We will have a solid class this year, big, fast and athletic. All will be OK, we have to be realistic and give the new guys some time. A few weeks is simply not enough.
I know this, UT will better in the future because of the coaching change, it was past time. Let these guys show what they can do, and the ball will start rolling.

I agee with you 100%! I am glad CPF and the rest of his staff are gone. We were past due for a change and lets give CLK four years to get this turned around....

TommyJack writes:

in response to VolInSabanLand:

As far as I'm concerned, (and I know I do not speak for all the gang here), you are welcome at this site. I think the "interlopers" label is strictly for those who constantly aggitate and cruise for conflict. Rational talk - even in disagreement - should be a welcome thing.

I fear you are right about recruits' views on this staff. I personally know one which "got away" and one of his comments was that Kiffin spent all his time talking about the NFL while this young man wanted to know about college football and his plans for it.

Its a double-edged sword. The NFL experience is impressive to many, but focusing on it too much is probably rather off-putting to others.

Interlopers are one thing. Poser interlopers, quite another.

jobrando#216494 writes:

want to read some good news

http://blogs.tampabay.com/gators/2009...

StroVol writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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A big fat check to help pay for recruiting

CHS52VOL writes:

IMO, we have not lost out on a single recruit where we had a realistic chance of signing him. For instance, I doubt seriously that we land Marlon Brown. On the other hand, the ability of this head coach and his assistants to get top-notch prospects to come look at Tennessee bodes well for the future. 2010 will see us with a top 5 recruiting class. Count on it. Patience is, in fact, a virtue. BTW when we lose out on a prospect, let's do it with class. Name calling and insults serve absolutely no purpose except to make us appear to be sore losers. That ain't us, boys and girls! WE ARE TENNESSEE!

checkerboards writes:

Disappointing. I actually live in Cleveland and had the chance to see both Allen and Edwards in action. We got the better of the two. I think Wednesday is going to be rough for us but we need to stay positive. We will still get some solid players to build on. The previous posts are dead on, to recruit effectively, Lane Kiffin and the rest of the coaching staff need to prove that they can win and coach in the SEC. I have no reason to doubt them at this point. Whatever you feel about Coach Kiffin, you gotta respect this mans passion and the plan he has for this programs future. I just hope he is able to see it through.

bigorange101582 writes:

in response to classic:

Little mad we are losing 4 stars while trying to grab other teams commits. I wonder if UF and AL commits were talking bad about UT this past weekend. Almost like they were here to talk some undecided kids to go against UT. This big weekend seems to get worse each day. Seems like we have spend too much time trying to take other teams commits instead of keeping our own.
We should never lose a kid to old miss and auburn.

And if everyone is so hight on 2010....I have not heard of anything positive for UT's class yet.

We know we hired some recruiters, but we better have hired some darn good football coaches.

I know a lot of people say Kiffin has only had 2 months to recruit so don't expect much, but if he and his staff are the greatest recruiters around (as stated by many) then shouldn't we at least have 1 big name recruit. If I am not mistaken Kiffin has secured 2 recruits on his own and then turned 2 or 3 away. Let's just hope he has made the right decisions. Time will tell.

utkedu writes:

IMHO, most UTK fans are frustrated because we got a brief look from some of the best talent in the country and we are not signing many of them because we got in so late. Hey, at least we are in the conversation with these guys again.

The good news is based on the quality (as measured by average star rankings) UT currently ranks 8th according to Scouts and 11th according to Rivals right now.

This will likely be a small class of good players, which means we won't rank as high compared to teams that have a larger volume of recruits. This staff is being very selective right now about who they keep on the commitment list and that is a good thing. The bad news is it is going to be a few years before we are competing for conference titles, but it appears we are headed in the right direction again.

kwlightmin#206976 writes:

I've said all along that if this year's recruiting class ranked 15th, we should celebrate. We got started too late recruiting (not Kiffin's fault). Our staff took a long time to assemble (it's a good one though). Highschool kids don't know what to expect from this staff. Who wants to be a guinea pig? I'd say that if our class this year is anywhere in the top 20, celebrate. It looks bad for us in recruiting this year. It'll be a little better on the field though. I'm a huge vol fan and do support Kiffin, but I think there is some truth in what Rckymtngator has written. Go back and look at Coach O's press conference when he was announced here. He'll jump at the first head coaching opportunity that comes his way and take part of our staff with him. There's a real risk in hiring outside of the UT family.

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