Defensive end Olu Hall was in Blacksburg on an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech on Saturday. For the Hokies, he couldn't have picked a better time to drop in.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end from Fairfax (Va.) Robinson had hinted a few days earlier that he might spend his college years outside of the state of Virginia. Is that still where things stand?
"No, I don't think I ever really told myself I was definitely going out of state for college," he said. "I had a great time at the Virginia Tech game, and that really helped them with me at least. They've been on my list, but I came away really impressed. It was one of those games where the crowd was unbelievable the whole time and they just dominated. Miami's players were getting real frustrated and it seemed like Tech took them out of their comfort zone."
Was the visit enough to push the Hokies to the top of his list?
"Virginia Tech is definitely up there," he said. "But I wouldn't put them above the others I'm looking at. I still like Virginia a lot, so that's a possibility. Everyone has been talking about how good the NC State-Virginia game was, and since I like both teams I didn't really have too much of a preference. Both of those programs (UVA and NC State) are on the rise. I've had interest in Miami for a while, and North Carolina and Clemson are still recruiting me hard."
Hall runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds and is rated by Rivals100.com as the top player in the state of Virginia. Has he set up his official visits yet?
"No, I'm still working on that," he said. "I would like to go down to NC State and see what things are like there up-close. I might end up visiting UVA and Virginia Tech in the end, but I haven't set those up either."