Weekend News and Notes

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The University of Virginia may have been the first school to offer Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) junior Mark Hall , but Hall’s decision to accept wasn’t a snap reaction. From the campus to the coaches, UVa had exactly what the 6-2, 205-pound standout wanted in a college.

“We were on campus last weekend and were really impressed by the setup of the campus and the message from Coach London” Mark’s father, Mark Hall Sr, said. “And Chip West is a phenomenal guy. He was excellent. He made sure we were comfortable and all our questions were answered. Coach London’s message was excellent. I want my son to be in the best situation when he goes to college. Dad is not there, so I want another guy to be a positive influence for my son. The fact that UVa graduates 89-percent of its African-American students means a lot, too.”

Scoring a talented in-state athlete such as Hall is a nice continuation from last year’s success. In Hall, Virginia will have its second player in as many years from Green Run High School. UVa recruited four players total from Virginia Beach in 2011, as well as 17 in-state players in total. In the end, the Cavaliers 2011 class was nationally ranked including a top 20 ranking by ESPN.com.

In addition to the offer from UVa, Hall also had interest from Virginia Tech.

“I feel that UVa is on the brink of something special,” Hall Sr. said. “I honestly believe the tide is changing there.”

A first-team all-Beach district selection at tight end, Hall likely will play defense at Virginia. Linebacker seems like a good possibility, but safety could be an option as well. Hall saw action at both positions as a junior.

“He could play some offense, but I think they are going to showcase him on the other side,” Hall Sr. said. “He could be a linebacker or maybe a strong-safety. He has that Sean Taylor type of build.”

Green Run head coach Shawn Wilson, who spoke with the younger Hall on Tuesday, says the decision is a solid one.

“Mark told me he is done. He’s not visiting anywhere else,” Wilson said.

Wednesday’s Junior Day

Last week was a busy one for the football coaches. It began with a junior day on Wednesday, when about 15-17 prospects made the trek to Charlottesville to tour the Grounds, meet coaches and players and catch the Virginia/Duke basketball game. Here is more from