Albert Ready for Hargrave

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Needless to say, 2004 signee Branden Albert had hoped to be attending summer school at the University of Virginia right now. Unfortunately the former Glen Burnie High School (MD) standout scored just under the needed SAT score and now will attend Hargrave Military Academy for one year.

“I’m going to Hargrave Military Academy first,” Albert said. “It was kind of both for academics and athletics. I need to raise my test score but it will also help me with another year of football.”

Albert, who will arrive at Hargrave in early August, is ready for his upcoming year at the prep school.

“I’m kind of nervous, but I’m excited,” Albert said. “I wanted to be at UVa this fall but things didn’t go my way. I’ll take what I was dealt and deal with it. I’ll do what I have to do.”

The 6-7, 310 pound Albert easily has the size college recruiters are looking for in a lineman. A tremendous basketball player, he is athletic as well. He enjoyed a solid senior season, earning first-team all-metro honors by the Baltimore Sun as an offensive lineman and finishing with 65 tackles on defense.

Albert only began playing football two years ago, which is when he moved from up-state New York to Glen Burnie, Maryland. He is anxious to gain further experience on the football field.

”I’ve only been playing football for two years,” Albert said. “I would say my strengths right now are that I’m a strong kid weight-room wise. I need to improve my technique and learn the football game. I hope I can learn a lot more about football this year before I go to UVa. I’m very excited about improving.”

A surprise name on UVa’s 2004 Signing list, Albert elected to sign with UVa following an excellent official visit experience.

“When I visited Virginia, they made me feel like I was at home,” Albert said. “On my visit they had a lot of positive talk with where the program was going. The coaches all talked positive to me and made me feel comfortable.”

Coach Ron Prince and Head Coach Al Groh have been very supportive throughout the situation according to Albert.

“Coach Prince and Coach Groh support me 100 percent,” Albert said. “They wanted me at UVa this fall too, but they also feel it’s a good idea to get another year under my belt both academically and football-wise. They support me 100 percent.”

Albert remains committed to UVa and will sign with the Cavaliers in February of 2005. Though he could play