The Midwest crop of running backs in the class of 2015 is one of the best in the last decade, and a headliner in that group if Austintown (Ohio) Fitch's Darrin Hall.
The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Hall holds ten offers from the likes of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue. He stayed off the summer camp circuit, but is looking to visit some of those schools in the fall.
"I have talked to a couple teams about coming down to watch a game and see the campus during the football season," Hall said. "I've been contacting Michigan State a lot, Ohio State a little bit and Virginia Tech."
Ohio State and Virginia Tech have not offered yet. The Buckeyes are a program, however, he has significant interest in.
"I grew up loving Ohio State, so if they do offer me that would be a great accomplishment," Hall said. "They have not offered yet, but they said that doesn't mean they're not interested in me. They wanted to get me up for the Friday Night Lights Camp, but I'm not for sure if I am going to go or not."
Hall expects to take his recruitment into his senior year, so there is plenty of time to accumulate offers from the schools he has yet to receive them from and he is still building relationships with the coaching staffs at the schools that have offered.
"Coach [Vince] Marrow from Kentucky is probably the one I am most comfortable with," Hall said. "He grew up with my father, so they have that bond. I know if I do end up going to Kentucky, he'll take care of me and make sure I am on the right track."
Hall stayed off the camp scene this summer so he could work with his team, which is putting in a new offense. He is coming off a sophomore season in which he rushed for 950 yards and ten touchdowns, and is looking to take his game to the next level in 2013.
"I just have to get better at the little things," Hall said. "I've got to behind my pads when I'm running and break tackles."