November 15, 2012
Local wideout Nate Hall sees Ann Arbor
Just 40 miles of pavement on US-23 separates Ann Arbor from Sylvania, Ohio on the northern edge of Toledo. That has made it easy for Sylvania Southview junior wide receiver Nate Hall to take a pair of game visits to Michigan Stadium this fall.
He's seen a pair of good games, too. He first visited for U-M's 12-10 victory over Michigan State that wasn't decided until a field goal with seconds left on the clock. Over the weekend, he saw the Wolverines best Northwestern in overtime.
"It's a very, very good school and I liked the visit a lot," he said. "It was my second time visiting there; I saw the Michigan State game too. The atmosphere was great. When you have 112, 114 fans in there screaming at the top of their lungs, it's electric.
"It's close to home so my parents wouldn't have a problem going to see me play. So I think it would be a great school to go to."
Hall currently holds offers from Bowling Green and Toledo, but Big Ten schools could be following in short order. That could eventually include Michigan. He's developed a bond with U-M offensive coordinator Al Borges, and hopes to continue hearing from the Wolverines.
"I talked to Coach Borges at the Northwestern game," Hall said. "We've met previously because he came to my school for [freshman safety] Allen Gant who plays at Michigan now. We talked about the game, and we had normal conversation, just small talk about myself and their team.
"I got his business card so I could send him my highlight tape. I just sent it to him, so I'm sure I'll be hearing more from him as well."
When coaches pop in that tape, there's a good chance they like what they see. The 6-2, 201-pound Hall put up a good year for Southview, even though the team
"I was third in the league for receiving," he said. "I had around 25 catches for around 480 yards. I'd have to double-check. We had a winning season, but at Southview, a winning season's not always a good one. We went 6-4, not what we had hoped. We didn't get the chance to make the playoffs.
"I'm not just a wide receiver, I play slot receiver. Sometimes I can play tight end and wideout. In our offense, I moved around a ton."
Hall has also taken interest in several other schools throughout the Midwest. His older brother Jimmy is a redshirt sophomore at Northwestern, and Evanston was the first schools he checked out this fall. He has also seen Notre Dame, and will see Louisville this weekend.
What he's really waiting for, however, are scholarship offers from bigger schools.
"I think the next thing for me is after I get done with these games visits is seeing which junior day visits I get and prioritizing my junior day visits," he said. "Whether it's Northwestern, Michigan State, and Michigan.
When my brother went through the recruiting process he didn't get his first offers until he was at the end of his junior season. I went through some of those things with my brother, so it's easier for me now, I can learn what he did when he went through the process.
"I really don't know when I'm going to wrap it up. I'm just going to wait until the spring and see what offers I get. I'll probably make a top five if I'm fortunate to get five offers. I'll go to some camps and try to pick up some offers from bigger schools, and if that doesn't happen, then I'll probably commit."
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