Marshville (N.C.) Forest Hills defensive tackle Marque Hall was hoping to have his list narrowed down to less than eight schools by now. However, the 6-foot-5, 305-pounder at least has a top four, with two teams in the lead for his services.
"I still have the same eight schools I like," said the agile big man. "Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech are on my list. I thought it would be less by now, but its not."
However, Hall is able to separate a few teams from the rest.
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"North Carolina and NC State are on top because they're close to home," he said. "Coach Brewer from UNC and coach Portee from NC State are both cool guys. I have a good feel for them."
Two teams are narrowing the gap as well.
"Virginia and Virginia Tech are right after the home-state schools," said Hall, who has been a three-time all-league selection. "I like UVA because it seems like a really nice school and has good academics. Virginia Tech has a nasty defense."
Hall is in no hurry to make a decision, but he knows he'll have to narrow things down to five schools for official visits soon enough.
"I've only been to UNC and NC State so far, so I need to see Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and probably South Carolina for sure," he said. "I hope to make some unofficial visits this August if I can, but I won't make my final decision until February."
And is there a leader between UNC and NC State?
"Not really," he said. "I liked both places and never really followed football much so I don't really have a childhood favorite."
Practice starts for Hall on July 28.
"I'm ready," he said. "I'm down to 295 pounds and feeling as light as ever. I ran a 4.8-second 40-yard dash at UNC this summer and I think I can get quicker."
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