The University of Virginia got a head start on its 2005 recruiting class, when Gretna (VA) junior quarterback Vicqual (pronounced Vick – ell) “Vic” Hall committed to UVA. Hall becomes the first player to commit to the ‘Hoos for the 2005 recruiting class.
“He committed to Virginia this morning,” said Gretna head coach Rob Senseney. “Virginia offered him on his visit last week for the Wake [Forest] game. He was 95% sure he wanted to commit at the time, but decided to wait and talk with his parents. I called Coach Prince to clear up some things and ask some questions, told Vic what they said and he had heard all he needed to hear. He decided to go ahead and commit.
“Coach Ron Prince did a great job recruiting him. He and Anthony Poindexter did a good job making him feel at home during last week’s visit. It’s a great atmosphere up there. He wanted to stay close to home, and he really wanted to do this.”
Hall, who is 5-11, 180 pounds, and runs a 4.4 40, passed for over 2,500 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 1,000 yards and 12 TD’s as a sophomore. This season, he has thrown for 1,000 yards and 14 touchdown passes in leading Gretna to a 5-0 record. He has added 250 yards on the ground.
Virginia is recruiting Hall to play quarterback, although Coach Senseney would not be surprised to see him switch positions.
“Coach Groh and Coach Prince recruited him as a quarterback and offered him as a quarterback,” said Senseney. “They have said that many times. I told Vic, though, that sometimes when you get to college they will switch you. He’s fine with wherever he plays.”
Among Hall’s attributes are a strong arm, great speed, and elusiveness. His work ethic and coachability are what separates him from the pack.
“What makes Vic great is that he really listens,” said Senseney. “He’s extremely coachable. You tell him something, and that’s the last time you say it. Some kids get defensive, but he doesn’t. He has a strong arm, great speed, and is very smart. He’s able to create things on his own. Plus he’s a very hard worker.”
Hall is very strong too. He put on 15 pounds of muscle before the start of his junior year. As a sophomore, he could bench press 270 pounds and squat 500 pounds.
He matches talent with another UVA commit tonight, when Gretna takes on William Campbell. William Campbell features outstanding tailback Cedric Peerman.