Talented DE Impressed With Hokies

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One of Washington DC’s most talented prospects is a big fan of Virginia Tech. In fact, he has seen the campus twice, including a visit during last weekend’s Nike Camp. The player is HD Woodson defensive end/tight end William Wall.

“I really am wide open right now,” said Wall, who is a physical specimen as only a junior. “If I had to pick now, though, I would pick Virginia Tech. I like the coaches. I really like Coach [Tony] Ball and the way he tells it like it is. For example, at last week’s Nike Camp, he told me I should have ran a little bit better. Other schools try to butter me up, but he is straight with me, and I like that.

“They haven’t offered me a scholarship yet. I have received probably 11 or 12 offers right now. Virginia Tech said that once I receive my [ACT} test score back, that they will offer.”

HD Woodson coach Greg Fuller confirms the mutual interest from both sides.

”William likes Virginia Tech, and they like William,” said Fuller. “They are very interested.”

Miami (FL), Nebraska, NC State, Michigan, and Michigan State are other teams Wall mentioned at the top of his list following Saturday’s Nike Camp. He said he has received offers from all except the Hokies.

Wall is being recruited primarily as a defensive end, however could also become a very good tight end on the collegiate level. He is 6-3, 245 pounds, and runs a 4.6 in the 40 according to head coach Greg Fuller. His athleticism makes him a versatile prospect.

“On offense, I can catch the ball and really run,” said Wall, who will see more time on offense his senior season. “I didn’t run that well at the Nike Camp, but I can run. Our offense doesn’t use a prototypical tight end…our tight end is flexed out like a receiver, so you have to be athletic. On defense, [my strength is that] I am a hard hitter.”

Wall hopes to attend one day camps at Virginia Tech and Maryland this summer, but he is not certain that will happen. He is certain that he would like to make a decision before the beginning of his senior year.

“I want to decide early, probably in September,” said Wall. “I would like to get my decision out of the way early, so I don’t have to stress about where I’m going to school right before signing day.”

Regardless of where he ends up, Wall hopes to have the opportunity to wear his high school jersey number in college. So what’s the importance of his number?