Olu Hall: Number One

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Sabre Edge subscribers: Today begins our recruiting profiles for the 2004 football recruiting class. For the next
few weeks, every day, Monday through Friday at 8 a.m., we’ll be posting detailed profiles of Virginia’s 2004 signees. By
the time we’re done, you’ll know this great bunch of players, from the four-star recruits to the unknowns, like they’re
your next door neighbors. Log on every weekday morning, and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Our profiles begin with Robinson’s Olu Hall , the number one recruit in the state of Virginia.

  • Olu
  • Outside Linebacker
  • 6-3, 220 pounds
  • Robinson Secondary School (Fairfax, VA)
  • Runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds
  • Senior Line: 93 tackles and 11 sacks as defensive end
  • Four-star prospect by Insiders.com and Rivals.com
  • Committed to UVa on February 2, 2004
  • Primary Recruiter: Al Golden

By the time Olu Hall committed to Virginia, everyone involved in his recruitment knew he was the number one recruit
in the state. Everyone, except, for Olu Hall . The defensive end from Robinson High School in Fairfax expressed his
amazement in an interview on the eve of signing day.

"Are you for real," he asked? "Hot damn! How come nobody told me that?!"

The fact that Olu didn’t know of his own recruiting stature speaks volumes about his character as a person. Hall
displays humility almost to a fault. At the end of the interview, he was asked if there was anything he wanted included
in the story.

"I don’t want anyone to think I’m a cocky somebody," Hall responded. "I’m down to earth, and I
feel like I’m just a regular person. I know football players get privileges, but I make sure I work for everything I
get. I don’t want anything handed to me."

Hall’s humble attitude undoubtedly has something to do with his difficult upbringing. He grew up in Portsmouth,
Virginia with his mother and four siblings. His father, who lived in Cleveland, Ohio, was gunned down when Olu was only
ten years old. Olu and his family stayed in Portsmouth until after his eighth grade year, when his mother decided to
move the