Top Target: Olu Hall

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Robinson defensive end Olu Hall is having quite the busy Spring. He is not visiting any schools – well, except for the Virginia Tech spring game – and he is not thinking much about which school he wants to attend. Instead, Hall is focused on three things – getting stronger, getting better, and, most importantly, getting his academics in order.

“These days, I’ve basically been living in the weight room and eating,” said Hall. “I’m only about 210 pounds right now, and my goal is to be around 230 by the time the season starts. I watch film twice a day, usually during my lunch period, to study my performance over my sophomore and junior seasons. Most of all, I’ve been focused on my academics. I didn’t do all that well my freshman and sophomore seasons, so I need to keep focused. This year has been good, but I need to keep it going.

“I haven’t had time to think about which school I will choose for college. I’m really wide open right now. I really don’t know where I will go.”

Just because he has not thought about recruiting much doesn’t mean he does not appreciate the early attention. Hall has received early offers from UVa, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Clemson, and Syracuse. The early offers have had a sort of combined effect for Hall – he is excited to already have offers, however he knows he needs to work hard to reach the next level.

An already motivated personality, Hall now has even more incentive to achieve.

“I think my first offer was from UVa, and I was so relieved,” said Hall. “It’s just awesome to know I will be able to go to school for free. Then I visited Virginia Tech for the Spring Game. It was so much fun, getting to sit in on meetings and everything. It was hot. It motivated me [to reach that level].”

Hall’s athletic ability is one of the primary reasons for his early offers and serious interest from many schools. He has so much athletic ability that some colleges are recruiting him as an outside linebacker, a position he could see himself playing.

“Some coaches see me as a linebacker, and that’s cool with me,” said Hall. “Playing linebacker would make it easier for me to see what’s going on…I think it would be fun.”

According to Robinson coach Mark Bendorf, Hall could be a prototypical defensive end. He plays stronger than his frame would indicate, and possesses great instincts at the position.

“It is very tough to run against Olu,” said Bendorf. “It is very hard to turn him outside. He’s a pretty