Top offensive lineman Hall picks Buckeyes

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Marcus Hall announced today he will play football at Ohio State, giving the Buckeyes another top-shelf offensive lineman to protect quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Hall, ranked as the nation's 13th-best offensive tackle by ESPN's Scouts Inc., picked Ohio State over Tennessee and Miami. He continues the Buckeye pipeline from Cleveland's Glenville High School, which has sent players like Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr. to Columbus.

Ohio State landed three stud offensive linemen in last year's class, one of whom, center Mike Brewster, earned a starting job as a true freshman. If Hall performs as expected at either tackle or guard, Ohio State's offensive line should be solid for years to come. After last year's group underperformed, the Buckeyes should demand and receive a better showing in 2009.

Hall's commitment adds to the Big Ten's best recruiting class, which includes center Jack Mewhort and six other ESPNU 150 prospects.