News With Commentary by TSL Staff

Monday, February 2, 2004
by Will Stewart,

Mayo, Hall to Announce Today

The winner of the annual Virginia-Virginia Tech in-state recruiting battle will be decided this week, starting today, when #1 Olu Hall (defensive end, Robinson HS, Fairfax) and #5 Jerod Mayo (linebacker, Kecoughtan HS, Hampton, VA) make their college choices known.

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To this point, the VT-UVa war has been a draw in-state, with each school having things they can brag about:

  • The Cavaliers have the highest rated commitment, from #4 DE Chris Long.
  • The Hokies have more commitments in the top 8 (three) than UVa (just one).
  • Virginia has more commitments in the top 11 (four) than VT (three).

And so on. But one thing is clear: Mayo and Hall will go a long way towards settling the argument with their commitments today. Or maybe not. Maybe the argument will continue beyond signing day (Wednesday, Feb 4th).

Hall will announce his intentions at 2:30 today at a press conference at Robinson High School, and TSL recruiting analyst Chris Horne will be on hand to relay the news as soon as possible. More on that later. Hall will choose from VT, UVa, Ohio State, N.C. State, and Purdue.

Mayo will not have a press conference, but will inform the coaches of his three schools (Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Tennessee) around 3 p.m. today. The news of his choice will come out shortly thereafter.

The remaining uncommitted in-state player, #2 Eddie Royal (WR, Westfield HS, Chantilly, VA) does not have a decision date. Royal will choose between VT, UVa, and Marshall. He took a visit to Marshall this past weekend and came away impressed, and the Herd cracked his top three list, which had previously been a list of just Tech and UVa.

As usual, we request that you not hit refresh on the message boards over and over and over in an attempt to find out the news about Hall and Mayo. We have set up small pages for you to track their status -- as soon as each player announces his college choice, we'll change these pages to show what they are, so bookmark them and check them this afternoon.


Olu Hall commitment page -- decision due around 2:30 p.m.

Jerod Mayo commitment page -- decision due around 3:00 p.m.

Decision Info for Remaining Targets
by Chris Horne

Virginia Tech remains involved with a number of top prospects who will be announcing their decisions over the next few days:

Monday: Olu Hall, Jerod Mayo, probably Maurice Reevey.
Tuesday: Eddie Royal (maybe), Derrick McPhearson, Maurice Reevey (if not Monday).
Wednesday: Eddie Royal (if not Tuesday)
Unknown: Marque Hall, Hilton Pitts

The complete list of players, listed with their decision dates, times, and finalists, include…

Wide Receivers

Eddie Royal, 5-10, 170, 4.4 Westfield HS (Chantilly, VA)
Decision Date: Tuesday or Wednesday
Press Conference: No
Final Schools: Marshall, Virginia, Virginia Tech (in alphabetical order)

Derrick McPhearson, 6-0, 185, 4.38 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD)
Decision Date: Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 pm on Comcast Sports
Press Conference: Television
Final Schools: Florida, Maryland, Virginia Tech

Defensive Ends

Olu Hall 6-4, 220, 4.7 Robinson (Fairfax, VA)
Decision Date: Monday, 2:30 pm, at Robinson High School
Press Conference: Yes
Final Schools: NC State, Ohio State, Purdue, Virginia, Virginia Tech

Defensive Tackles

Marque Hall 6-5, 305 Forest Hills (Marshville, NC)
Decision Date: Unknown
Press Conference: Unknown
Final Schools: North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech


Jerod Mayo 6-2, 210, 4.68 Kecoughtan (Hampton, VA)
Decision Date: Monday
Press Conference: No. Should be released by 3:30 pm.
Final Schools: Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech

Maurice Reevey 6-4, 225, 4.6 Fork Union Military Academy
Decision Date: Likely Monday.
Press Conference: No
Final Schools: Clemson, Virginia Tech


Hilton Pitts, 6-3, 215, 4.5 John I Leonard (Greenacres, FL)
Decision Date: Unknown
Press Conference: Unknown
Final Schools: ECU, VT (no offer?)

Total VT Commitments - 17

QB Commitments - 1

Sean Glennon, 6-4, 190 Westfield HS (Chantilly, VA)

RB Commitments – 2

George Bell, 5-11, 225, 4.45 Jack Britt HS (Fayetteville, NC) ENROLLED

Branden Ore, 6-2, 195 4.4 Indian River HS (Chesapeake, VA)

FB Commitments – 1

Michael Green, 6-1, 235, 4.7 Deptford (Deptford, NJ)

WR Commitments – 3

Justin Harper, 6-4, 190, 4.5 Hargrave Military Academy ENROLLED

Josh Morgan, 6-1, 200, 4.31 Fork Union Military Academy ENROLLED

Jeremy Gilchrist, 5-11, 185, 4.55 Landstown High School (Virginia Beach, VA)

OL Commitments – 2

Brandon Holland 6-5, 265, 4.8 Northside (Roanoke, VA)

Ryan Shuman, 6-3, 257 Fork Union Military Academy (Zion Crossroads, VA)

DE Commitments – 1

William Wall 6-3, 243, 4.6 HD Woodson (Washington, DC)

DT Commitments

Carl Howard 6-6, 290 Matawan (Matawan, NJ)

LB Commitments – 1

Andrew Bowman 6-1, 230, 4.6 Hermitage (Richmond, VA)

CB Commitments – 3

Rod Council 5-11, 175, 4.5 West Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)

Brandon Flowers 6-1, 195, 4.5 Hargrave Military Academy

Theodore Miller 6-2, 170, 4.5 HD Woodson (Washington, DC)

ATH Commitments – 2

Purnell Sturdivant 5-11, 225, 4.4 Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA)

Sam Wheeler 6-4, 235, 4.7 Blacksburg (Blacksburg, VA)


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