October 26, 2008
Hull impressed with visit to OSU
Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillian outside linebacker Mike Hull was in attendance for Ohio State's clash with Penn State Saturday night, and the junior liked what he saw.
Having taken in games in Happy Valley's Beaver Stadium, Hull was surprised with the atmosphere Ohio State had to offer.
"It was awesome, it was really exciting, and the atmosphere was great," Hull said. "The stadium was a lot different than other stadiums I am used to seeing. It was a lot bigger, and everyone in red, it was crazy and electric up there. I think the stadium, just the way it's built, makes it seem louder in there and I think the atmosphere was actually better than it was at Penn State."
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker has previously said that Penn State is his No. 1 school, but after his visit to the Horseshoe, things may have gotten a little closer.
"I think (the visit) will have an impact on my decision because I want to go to a school where there is a great atmosphere and good attitude toward football. Now I have a tough decision to make," Hull said. "Penn State is probably still No. 1 but Ohio State is in a close second with them. I really like both of those schools, but those are probably the only two schools that I would probably consider right now."
Despite Ohio State loss to Penn State Saturday, Hull said what happens in the game really has no bearing on what team he leans toward.
"I don't think it has a bearing on my decision," Hull said of Saturday's game. "Anyone could have a bad game or little things could happen during the game that could determine the outcome and Ohio State got some bad breaks. I don't think it will effect my decision that much."
Hull has been offered from schools like Michigan, West Virginia, and Pitt, and has heard from schools like Florida, Oregon, Georgia, and UCLA, but currently has his focus solely on the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions.
While Ohio State has yet to send a scholarship offer to the junior, Hull is expecting Ohio State linebackers coach Luke Fickell to come to his school sometime this week.
"Coach Fickell is supposed to be coming down to my school pretty soon so we will see what happens with that," Hull said. "I don't really talk to (Fickell) a lot because my coach is from the Ohio State area and he talks to him a lot for me. He talked to my coach and he told him that he may be at my school.
While Hull isn't sure if an offer is on its way this week, it is something he is hoping for.
"We will see what happens but I am not really sure what is going on with that," Hull said, "but it would be really nice to get an offer from Ohio State."
Even so, Hull said he has built a pretty solid relationship with Tom Bradley, Penn State's defensive coordinator, and calls each week on Sundays.
"I have a pretty good relationship with Tom Bradley and he makes me feel comfortable with everything," Hull said.
That, coupled with the fact that his father is former NFL linebacker Tom Hull, who also played at Penn State, the Nittany Lions certainly have a great deal of the junior's attention.
With Penn State is often referred to as "Linebacker U," Hull understands the Nittany Lions have a lot to offer him.
"I feel it will effect my decision because they are known for having great linebackers," Hull said. "But Ohio State has had great linebackers, too, like A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and now James Laurinaitis, so they are really similar schools when you think about it.
"I think (my dad's old playing days) will affect me because he got me involved with Penn State earlier," Hull said. "He doesn't really care where I go. He just wants me to go where I feel right."
Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for BuckeyeGrove.com. He can be reached at AriWasserman@gmail.com.
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