Last Friday, I attended the Hargrave Military/Fork Union game, which Hargrave won 35-21. Following the big win, I caught up with Tech recruits William Wall and Brandon Holland for updates on their Hargrave experiences. (Unfortunately I missed Sam Wheeler, who is another Tech recruit).
William Wall has impressed many while at Hargrave Military Academy, most especially Head Coach Robert Prunty.
“William Wall’s going to be special,” Prunty said. “He plays hard. He’s a tough, hard-nosed defensive end. Before it’s all over with, I think William Wall will be a big-time player. This year helped William more than anything. The more he plays the better he’s going to get. Virginia Tech is gonna love having him there.”
Wall is a 6-3, 255-pound recruit. Heading into Hargrave, he was known as an extremely athletic player. He played many positions in at H.D. Woodson High School (Washington, DC), including wide receiver, tight end and defensive end. He also possessed good size to go along with his athletic ability.
Since coming to Hargrave, Wall admits he has come a long way.
“In high school I was just playing off of me being bigger than everybody else,” Wall said. “Coach Prunty and them have taught me a whole lot, so now I know I’m getting to be a solid football player.”
Wall feels he has a better understanding for the position he plays now, which is where he will likely play on the next level. Very versatile, he could also interchange between defensive end and tackle for Virginia Tech.
“I know it good enough now,” Wall said of the defensive end position. “I’m learning everyday. Every practice I’m learning a lot more now. This is what I’m going to do – play defensive end – more than likely.”
Wall stated his other strengths at this point – in addition to a better understanding of how to play.
“I got good speed but I want to get faster,” Wall said. “I’m strong. I just want to make plays (smiles). That’s it and that’s all.”
There are some key areas he wants to continue improving before getting to Virginia Tech.
“I got to work on my speed, getting off the ball and I got to work on my hand techniques,” Wall said. “During the off-season I’m going to work on that all the time. I’ve been working on that all season. When I get up to Tech I know they’re going to let me know what’s going on.”
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