Hargrave Report: Albert and Hall

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Last Friday, TheSabre.com was at Hargrave Military Academy for the Fork Union/Hargrave contest, which Hargrave won 35-21. Following the big win, we had a chance to catch up with UVa recruits Branden Albert and Olu Hall .

Branden Albert

The play of 6-7, 310-pound offensive tackle Branden Albert is one of the hot topics at Hargrave Military Academy. Albert, who had only played 2 years of organized football before entering Hargrave, has been more than impressive according to Hargrave Head Coach Robert Prunty.

“Branden’s a great kid and going to be a great player,” Prunty said. “He’s an outstanding young man. We’re real happy to have him here. He might be the best player I’ve ever coached on offensive line. He’s very coachable and very athletic.”

Albert recently garnered a 4-star ranking by Rivals.com. While he feels like he’s improved significantly, he realizes that he has a lot to learn as well.

“I’ve improved a lot,” Albert said. “Going against some of the players here – [defensive end] Willie Young , [defensive end] William Wall – those guys help me in practice and we push each other. Coach Prunty and is coaching staff are helping me out. I’ve learned a lot of things under [Offensive Line] Coach [Brian] White.

“Maybe I am a 4-star, but I don’t know yet. I still have a lot of things to prove. I’ve only been playing for 3 years.”

What are some things Albert feels he can improve upon?

“Right now, the main thing with me is staying on my blocks,” Albert said. “I’m having trouble staying on my blocks. I’ll drive the guy downfield about 5 yards and then I’ll let him go. I’ve got to keep driving, put him into the ground.”

After signing with UVa in February of 2004, Albert enrolled at Hargrave after not qualifying academically. His academics have improved tremendously as well over the past few months.

“Very well,” Albert replied when asked how he’s doing academically. “I made the Commandant’s list. I got my progress report today and I’ve got straight As.”

Still committed?

Much was made about Albert’s recent visit to the University of Maryland for the Florida State game.