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Former players share Michigan stories during Buckeye Bash in Mansfield

Marcus Hall caused a stir and laughter this week when he revealed he was heavily recruited by the Ohio and Michigan head coaches.

He was a senior at Glenville High School in Cleveland when the pressure was literally at home, telling nearly 200 attendees about the Buckeye Bash for Richland County Alumni.

Michigan’s Rich Rodriguez surprised him at school one day, hoping to land a commitment from the nationally-ranked offensive tackle before signing day.

Chris Nadler, left, looks on after asking former Buckeye greats Marcus Hall, Bryant Browning and Chimdi Chekwa a question about playing against Michigan during this week's game at the Buckeye Bash in Mansfield.

Then the 6-foot-5, 300-pound student got some startling news.

“Jim Tressel was at my house,” Hall said.

After a quick tour of the school, Rodriguez told the recruit he wanted to meet his mother. Hall immediately felt sick with worry. Reluctantly he agreed.

Hall told the audience that as he led the cheerful Rich Rod into his apartment building, he kept praying that the Buckeye trainer would be gone by now.

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