Olu Hall ’s official visit to the University of Virginia turned out to be the deciding factor in his recruitment. The 6-4, 220 pound outside linebacker recruit knew on his Charlottesvile visit this past weekend that UVa was where he wanted to play football for the next four years.
“I really knew [I wanted to go to Virginia] when I took my official visit,” Hall said. “I had heard that it was a stuck-up school and stuff like that, but it was the total opposite. I’ve said before that, at other schools, they had like a brotherhood. Well, the players at Virginia definitely have one. They made me feel like their little brother. We just had fun doing nothing…just hanging out. That’s what I was looking for in the people that I will be around for the next four years.”
Standout true freshman linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who played his high school ball at CD Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia, was Hall’s host for the weekend. The two Northern Virginia natives struck up a good relationship over the weekend.
“He’s real cool,” Hall said of Brooks. “He’s a real funny guy. I hung around him and Keenan Carter a lot. The players were just great. It was an atmosphere where everybody seemed ready to go and where everyone was excited to be there.”
Though Hall played defensive end in high school, he will play outside linebacker for the Cavaliers. He feels confident he can make the transition pretty easily, and hopes to contribute immediately as a true freshman.
“Coach [Al] Groh said they plan for me to come in and be another Darryl Blackstock,” Hall said. “I have an opportunity to compete for playing time my freshman year depending on how fast I can catch on, and they said I have the ability to play early. They didn’t make any promises to me and I’m not saying I’m going to come in and start. I’ll just do my best and see what happens.”
Weight-wise, Hall says the UVa coaches are happy with his current 220 pound frame heading into his freshman season.
“They said they are content with where I am right now,” Hall said about his weight. “They said Darryl Blackstock played early at 215 pounds. I checked the scales [yesterday] and weighed 218 pounds. My goal is to get up to around 230 if I can before I get to Virginia.”
Hall joins Gar-Field (Woodbridge, VA) star Clint Sintim as in-state stars...
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