“My name is Olu Hall . I played defensive end, and I’m going to the University of Virginia.”
That’s how the #1-rated player in the state, Robinson’s Olu Hall , started today’s press conference. In addition to being #1 in the state, Hall did a better job than anyone else hiding his intentions heading into the press conference, as no one knew where he was headed until he opened his mouth.
Hall is the second top-rated in-state player to select Virginia in the last three years (Ahmad Brooks, 2002). When asked what he liked about UVa, Hall answered, “All the players. I really liked all the players and the academic part. Everybody told me it would be hard to keep my grades up at UVa [and play football], but I talked to the athletic director and an academic advisor, and they assured me if I stayed on top of things, I could handle it.”
Part of the reason Hall was able to keep anyone else from finding out his decision was that he himself didn’t really know what it was until just last night. “It was kind of last night. I really had time to sit down, take down the pros and cons, and really look at what each school has to offer, and I really think UVa was it.”
Hall had an unusual list that included far-flung destinations Purdue and Ohio State, so distance was not a factor. “No. Purdue and Ohio State were in there also, and those two schools are pretty far away.
The Cavaliers were the only school looking at Hall as a linebacker, though OSU did pitch him the idea of playing a hybrid defensive end/linebacker position.
“Virginia just felt right,” Hall said, summing up the main reason that UVa became the #1 school for the #1 player in the state.
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