Mike Hall talks about how Ohio State’s Ryan Day prepares players for the NFL

Since Ryan Day adopted as State of Ohio full-time head coach in 2019, there is a pipeline to the N.F.L. The past four years have been 32 Buckeyes have heard their names called on Draft Day, and that group will grow next week.

Mike Hall hopes to be part of this year’s announced list of Ohio State players Roger Goodell. He put together two strong years on the defensive line, including a breakout season in 2022 in which he totaled 19 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He carried that momentum into 2023 with a career-high 24 tackles to go with 2.0 TFL and 1.5 sacks.

Donning the Buckeye uniform meant the bar was set high, and Hall said it was crucial in getting him and others ready for the NFL. In fact, he has a special bond with Day because of the recruiting process that helped spark the journey.

“I actually received my offer from Coach Day,” Hall told On3 via Zoom. “A blessing to be coached by him and to learn a lot. To come in and have these standards, we have to meet them every day. It’s a high expectation at Ohio State. It’s a fight every day, day in and day out.

“Your place on the selection has not yet been determined. You have to earn it day in and day out. That was known to everyone, no matter what, whether you were a special teams player, kicker or punter. Very competitive and able to prepare you well for the next level.”

Hall is one of eight Ohio State players to declare for the draft and was listed as a projected third-round pick by ESPN Mel Kiper Jr. And Field Yates earlier this week. The other player you have to appear in that fake design used to be Marvin Harrison Jr., the star wide receiver widely considered a top-five pick. Harrison leads a slew of wide receiver talent this year, and Hall said he’s been preparing for this moment his whole life.

Just look who his father is.

“Marv, he’s a freak,” Hall said. “I mean, his dad is a Hall of Famer, for crying out loud. His father has the blueprint. I’m pretty sure he’s coaching him or telling him these things to do and not to do. Like I said before, he has the blueprint and he’s a freak.

“He works hard day in and day out. Everything is possible.”

As he heads into his rookie season in the NFL, Mike Hall said he will try to keep an eye on his Buckeyes while making sure he takes care of his responsibilities in the league. However, he is confident the goal won’t change, and that has to do with the expectations Day and staff set each year.

“I think I’ll still have a certain amount of time to be able to watch them or even watch their games,” Hall said. “I have to take care of my priorities first. I wish those guys the best. Hopefully they’ll be able to get that national championship and finally make that happen. Bring one back to Columbus. That’s definitely Coach’s goal Mick Marotti and Coach Day they set the standard for each year.

“If it’s not that, then it’s nothing.”

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