OT/DT Marque Hall and his Forest Hills teammates made a good run through the Class 2-AA playoffs, winning rounds one and two and advancing to the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, their bid for a state championship fell short with a 51-28 loss to Hibriten last Friday night.
“We did pretty good,” Hall said of his team’s playoff run. “The game was good. We went back and forth with them in the first half, but had some fumbles and interceptions in the second half. Our mistakes were the difference in the game.”
Hall still has one game remaining in his high school career, however, as he will play in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl Classic on December 20th. Recruiting will be a focus in the coming weeks, as he schedules official visits.
“I’m going to do some research first,” Hall said of how he will determine where he will officially visit. “I want to research each school, to see the majors and the graduation rates.”
Though his top five (NC State, UNC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee) remains the same, Hall will not say which school(s) will definitely receive an official visit.
“I’m not sure yet who I will visit,” Hall said. “I still have the same top five as before – UNC, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. I’m considering South Carolina, and maybe some others. I’m not leaning anywhere…I like to keep everyone guessing where I’ll go (laughs).
“I’ll probably have some official visits set by the end of next week.”
Hall acknowledged official visits will be a major factor in determining where he signs. Of Virginia and Virginia Tech, he says he “still likes the same thing I’ve always liked. I like the coaches from each program.”
“All of the people I talk to sound great,” Hall said. “But until I actually get to see each school, I won’t really know what I’m looking for. I need to take my visits to find these things out for myself.”
With his football season complete, Hall will now participate in the Shot Put in Track-and-Field. Hall won the state championship in the event last year, though that was outdoors. The state champ says Shot Put helps his football by “creating more explosion off the ball because of the technique I use.”
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