Nolen Primed for Big Year

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Hampton (VA) wide receiver Todd Nolen has been relatively quiet this summer on the recruiting scene. The 6-3, 175 pound prospect hasn’t taken unofficial visits or been to any summer camps. What he has been doing is getting ready for his senior year, hoping to help lead Hampton to a state championship.

“We work out as a team, we do weightlifting, and we do 7-on-7 workouts,” Nolen said. His senior year will be only his third as a wide receiver. “I think I’ve gotten stronger, faster, and have become a better route runner. Our team’s looking good. We’re going to be at the top.”

In terms of recruiting, Nolen continues to get mail from the four schools who have offered – Nebraska, Syracuse, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Recently, Maryland and North Carolina have begun to send more letters and information as well.

“Everything’s the same,” Nolen said of his recruitment. “I have gotten a couple of letters recently from UNC, and Maryland is starting to send me more letters. Virginia Tech has picked up the amount of letters also. They send me information about their graduation rates and stuff like that. Virginia still sends me a lot of letters. They send about 10 to 12 per week. They send stuff about their NFL experience and how they could turn me into a great player in their system.”

Nolen continues to be patient in his recruiting process. He says his decision will come following his senior season.

“I’ll probably wait until after the season to make my commitment,” Nolen said. “I’d say my favorites are Nebraska, Virginia, and Virginia Tech…and I guess Syracuse too. All of the ones who have offered me a scholarship are my favorites. I’d say they are all even. I want to take some official visits before I make my decision.”

Nolen discussed Nebraska, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, saying what he likes about each.

“I’ve liked Nebraska since I was young,” Nolen said. “They were my favorite college football team. I like the style of offense they are going to play and the coaches.

“One of the main reasons I like Virginia is because of the coaches. I like that they pass the ball a lot.

“For Virginia Tech, they have a good graduation rate of their football players. They seem like a nice school. I haven’t visited there before.”

The top wide receiver prospect in the state of Virginia, Nolen is looking to improve on an outstanding junior season. If he