STREETSBORO, Ohio — Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players and Ohio State coaches and staff members themselves. Today we’re joined by Ohio State defensive tackle commitment Michael Hall from Streetsboro High School.
On a warm, early June day in Streetsboro, Michael Hall arrived at his high school football field ready to talk about his recruitment but didn’t want to pass up the chance to get in a little fieldwork while he was there.
“A few of my old teammates are up here,” Hall told Lettermen Row before we began filming the latest episode of Birminology. “I figured I shouldn’t let the day go to waste. I’ve been up here every day I can.”
As Hall details who is joining him on the field, it’s impossible not to notice that there are not any current teammates of his making the day’s impromptu workout.
“I can only control what I do,” Hall said of that fact. “And hope others decide to follow.”
That, in a nutshell, is the young man that Michael Hall is becoming. There’s not much concern about what others are doing, he’s just trying to handle his own business. That’s why he didn’t complain when his mother’s job required a move to this little town about 30 minutes southeast of Cleveland. That’s why he’s not worried about the awkwardness of trying to recruit players like J.T. Tuimoluao and Tywone Malone to join him and Jack Sawyer as the future of Larry Johnson’s defensive line.
If the players around the country are not ready and willing to outwork Michael Hall, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound isn’t going worried about them. All Hall wants to do is win.
The 4-star defensive tackle talked about his personal growth in a challenging time around the world, his relationships with Larry Johnson, Ryan Day and more in the latest edition of Lettermen Row’s Birminology