Five Offers for Nolen

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Todd Nolen added a 5th scholarship offer a few weeks ago. North Carolina has now joined Virginia, Virginia Tech, Nebraska and Syracuse as schools who have offered the talented Hampton wideout. While Nolen admits he “could get serious” in terms of interest in UNC, he named 3 others who he would like to officially visit.

“I know I want to visit Nebraska, Virginia and Virginia Tech,” Nolen said.

Among the schools recruiting Todd, two have called since September 1st.

“Virginia and Virginia Tech are the only 2 that I’ve talked to,” Nolen said. “If anyone else called, I don’t know about them. I talked to Mike London [from Virginia]. He asked me about my schedule and told me they want me to come up for some home games. He said they have a great class, but it would be even better if they got me.

“From Virginia Tech, I talked to Coach Cavanaugh. He talked about the area players that they have down there, like Xavier Adibi and Chris Ellis. He was saying how they are doing a good job for them.”

Nolen, who says he “will probably decide after the season,” has not decided when he will take his official visits. He is also considering attending some home games for the in-state and area schools.

“I don’t know about any visits,” Nolen said. “I don’t know when I could take some. Coach London sent me some papers so I could go up to one of their games.”

Nolen has watched Virginia and Virginia Tech so far this season, and he offered his impressions of both programs.

“I watched Virginia Tech play against USC and Virginia play against Temple,” Nolen said. “Virginia Tech looked pretty good on both sides – offense and defense. Virginia did real good. I liked the way they setup the wide receivers on playaction plays. I like the style of their passing game.”

One of the state’s top 10 overall players, the talented 6-3, 175-pound receiver feels he has improved significantly from last year. Nolen had some success in 2 scrimmage games, catching a total of 3 touchdown passes and making an interception on defense. Hampton won both games, over Huguenot and Fairfax respectively. Their first game is this week, at Indian River.

“I’ve improved my route running and getting off the ball,” Nolen said. “Getting off the ball is all about technique and getting stronger. I can get off the line quicker and I can get past bump-and-run coverage better.”

Academically, Nolen currently carries a 2.2 GPA. He has yet to take the SAT, but will do so next month.