- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
The recruiting process is nothing new for junior athlete Nate Hall (Sylvania, Ohio/Southview) since both his brother Jimmy, now a sophomore at Northwestern, and friend Allen Gant went through the process.
Hall had seen what his brother and Gant, now at Michigan, went through and how they conducted themselves. That has helped him in the early stages of his recruitment.
“I went through some of these things with my brother, so I had a head-start on everything,” he said. “I already know what to expect and how everything will happen. Based off my brother’s recruitment, he didn’t get his first offers until around the spring, so I’ll just wait for then to see what happens.”
At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Hall plays wide receiver and defensive back for his high school team. He says he doesn’t prefer offense or defense, but believes he is probably best suited for receiver. Most schools haven’t yet determined where they’d like him, but it makes no difference to Hall.
He has already been on visits to Northwestern, Michigan, Notre Dame and Toledo and is hoping to take more in the near future. He has a good sense for what Northwestern has to offer because of his brother, but is hoping to gain a better feel for schools like Michigan as well.
“The two visits I took [to Michigan] were really fun. The atmosphere is always great when you have 114,000 fans screaming,” he said. “The education is good, the facilities were nice, and the atmosphere was, too. That’s what I look for the most is the atmosphere, because I can always go online and look at academics and what they have to offer.”
Hall got a chance to catch up with Gant after his visits, but the two haven’t spoken about recruiting yet. The relationship he has with Gant and his brother, though, likely won’t help either school too much once he gets deep into his recruitment.
“I’ve known Allen since I was in elementary school and he was friends with my brother,” he said. “As far as knowing more about the university, I’m really familiar with Northwestern and how things work there. It doesn’t give them an advantage really, because I’ll learn more about other schools, too.”
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