Nolen Looking Out-of-State?

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Hampton High School wide receiver Todd Nolen is now up to four scholarship offers. In addition to Virginia and Virginia Tech, Syracuse and Nebraska have offered Nolen officially.

More schools, most of which are from the ACC, are showing strong interest.

“I have four written offers,” Nolen said. “UVa, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, and Nebraska. Maryland, UNC, NC State, Tennessee, and West Virginia are showing interest in me.”

Nolen will likely not make any summer camps. He did attend the Christopher Newport combine and caught four touchdown passes in the 7-on-7 competition, but unfortunately was not able to run the 40-yard dash because of a scheduling conflict.

He is focusing his summer on raising his academics to help him qualify.

“I’m retaking courses at summer school,” Nolen said. “It’s nothing big…I’m just trying to get higher grades in those courses. I’m also lifting weights with the team.”

Nolen is not sure when he may make his decision. The 6-3, 175 pound standout would like to make some official visits. He doesn’t believe his recruitment will go all the way until Signing Day, but admits he may not decide any time soon.

“I’m going to take some official visits,” Nolen said. “I’ll try to go to all of the schools who have offered me a scholarship. I’m not sure when I’ll decide. I’ll probably commit before Signing Day.”

Right now, Nebraska stands out as Nolen’s favorite school. Location may be a factor here in the sense that he might be looking to head out-of-state.

“I like Nebraska,” Nolen said when asked if he had any favorite schools. “I like their offense. They are going to pass the ball a lot. I get a lot of letters from Coach [Phil] Elmassian.

“I think I might try to go out of state. I just kind of want to get away.”

Nolen commented on UVa and Virginia Tech as well.

“I like them, but we’ll see,” Nolen said of the in-state Division I-A programs. “I would say UVa is second on my list [behind Nebraska]. They have a lot of Hampton players that went there and did pretty good. They send me a lot of handwritten letters telling me I’m the type of receiver they need in their offense. Sometimes they draw plays and send them to me. Them and Nebraska write pretty much the same stuff.

“I don’t know too much about Virginia Tech. They don’t really send me much. I mean, they send me letters but not as much as some of the others.”