6-3, 175-pound Hampton star Todd Nolen appears to be establishing himself as one of the top wide receiver prospects on the East coast. Nolen broke out in a big way 2 weeks ago, when he caught 7 passes for 238 yards and 1 touchdown against arch-rival Phoebus. He added 4 catches for 66 yards and a score against Heritage last week.
On the season, Nolen has 34 catches for 876 yards and 9 touchdowns in helping Hampton to an undefeated 8-0 record.
“I think I’ve been playing better because I’m more confident and I’m more comfortable out there,” Nolen said.
Four schools continue to be seriously in the running for this talented prospect. He said there is no favorite among the 4.
“I’m still looking at Nebraska, Virginia, Virginia Tech and UNC,” Nolen said. He has offers from all 4 schools.
Virginia and Virginia Tech are both talking to Nolen on a consistent basis. Nolen stated what he liked about both in-state programs.
“I like the coaching staff,” Nolen said of UVa. “I do like the offense. They are a good school that’s close to home. It seems like a good place to go where I can play football and get a degree.
“I haven’t really watched Virginia Tech play, but I do like Coach Cavanaugh. He seems like a real good person.”
Nolen speaks to UNC on a regular basis as well. He had spoken with Nebraska on a weekly basis until last week, but still feels like the Cornhuskers are recruiting him heavily.
“I didn’t talk to them last week, but up until then I’ve been talking to them on a regular basis,” Nolen said of Nebraska.
In earlier updates Nolen had stated that he would decide after making several official visits, which would have likely been in December or January. His decision could come a lot sooner now.
“I’m still up in the air,” Nolen said when asked when he would make a decision. “I may know soon. It could happen soon.”
Nolen does not have any plans for unofficial visits to games to any of his top schools. He has been invited to several, but is unsure if he can make it to the games.
Academically, Nolen carries a 2.2 GPA and will take the SAT for the first time this month.
In an earlier Roanoke Times report, there appeared to be some tension between Hampton Head Coach Mike Smith and the UVa staff. Has UVa addressed the tension?
“I think so,” Nolen said. “I don’t know for sure though....
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