Robert Lockhart, two of 20 players who signed letters of intent with Virginia Tech last February, are expected to attend Fork Union Military Academy (VA) this fall. Both players, FUMA postgraduate head coach John Shuman says, are aiming to enroll in Blacksburg in January of 2012.
“We’ll give them both the half year option,” Shuman said.
“We’re hoping to get ’em in here, get ’em done, and get ’em [to Virginia Tech].”
Hall, a 6’5″, 230-pound prospect out of Dinwiddie High School (VA), verbally committed to Virginia Tech in June of 2010. He knew he was accepting a gray-shirt offer, meaning he was already designated to enroll in January of 2012. He is short of the needed levels to gain admission to Virginia Tech, though, which is why he will be at Fork Union.
Lockhart, a product of West Boca Raton High School in Boca Raton, Florida, had hoped to enroll at Tech this summer but fell short of what he needed to attain academically. He committed to Tech in late January before signing a letter of intent days later.
“I’ve talked to Chris Hall , his parents and his grandmother. I think that’s all set,” Shuman said. “Last Thursday, I talked to Robert Lockhart’s mother. I was supposed to fax the application to them, but the fax machine didn’t work. I finally got it done yesterday. I’m pretty sure we’re in good shape with him.”
Hall started at quarterback at Dinwiddie each of the past two seasons, guiding Billy Mills’ group to a Central Region championship in 2010. Tight end is where he will play at Virginia Tech, and tight end is where he will play under Coach Shuman. The FUMA experience can only help the former Generals standout’s development at what will be a new position.
“Hall will play tight end and wide receiver,” Shuman said. “We have a lot of quarterbacks coming in. We have a logjam there.”
While Hall may only stick to one side of the ball this fall, Lockhart is a player who could and should contribute in all three main areas.
“He’s going to be a wide receiver, DB, kick returner, punt returner guy for us,” Shuman said of the 6’2″, 175-pound Sunshine state standout.
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