Olu Hall Gearing Up For Senior Season

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As a soon-to-be three year starter for one of the state’s top programs, Robinson defensive end Olu Hall is used to being one of the guys his teammates look up to. This season, however, he will be a senior and called upon to assume an even bigger leadership role.

Hall is ready for the task.

“I’ve actually started for the two years previous to this one, so I know what’s expected of me,” said Hall. “I’m very comfortable assuming the leader role on our team. I’m looking forward to it.”

His final season may prove to be his most challenging, and it is not because he must take on a larger leadership role. Hall has been hyped as one of the top players in the state, which means teams will be looking to shut him down even more than they did in previous years.

During a recent scrimmage, Hall got a taste of what’s to come.

“We had a scrimmage last Saturday, and the other team threw three, sometimes four guys at me,” said Hall with a laugh. “I’m ready for that though. I like physical play.”

Though Hall plays defensive end in high school, a number of teams like him as a linebacker on the next level. Hall says position does not matter to him, but does seem to like being right in on the action at the defensive end position.

“I would say about half of the schools are recruiting me as a linebacker, and half at defensive end,” said the 6-4, 220 pound Hall, who runs a 4.6/4.7 in the 40 yard dash. “Both positions are fun, so it doesn’t matter to me where I play in college. The difference is, at linebacker, you have a lot more responsibilities in pass coverage. You have a lot less to worry about as a defensive end, so you can really mix it up. I like mixing it up.”

Hall will focus on recruiting at the end of his senior season, but two teams do stand out right now. He likes both Virginia Tech and Virginia, but will give other schools equal consideration as well.

“Virginia Tech and Virginia are my top two,” said Hall, who is being recruited as a defensive end by Virginia Tech and as a linebacker by Virginia. “I haven’t really seen any other schools yet. Ohio State wanted me to go to their game this weekend, but I don’t think I’ll make it. I’ll take official visits after the season and decide later