Coach's Corner: Steve Van Meter

Inside, Friendswood High (Friendswood, Texas) head coach Steve Van Meter talks about Colorado verbal commit Robert Hall.

Friendswood was 7-4 on the season in 2006. Colorado defensive line coach Romeo Bandison recruited Robert Hall for the Buffs. Hall commited in July, then took his official visit to Boulder in November.

Hall played linebacker at Friendswood and projects as an outside linebacker, or possibly even a rush end at CU. Friendswood head coach Steve Van Meter spoke with BSN.

BSN: How did Robert play this year?
Van Meter
: Robert had a fairly good year. He suffered an ankle injury early that kind of slowed him down. But he finished pretty strong for us this year.

He played a lot as a sophomore. Toward the end of his sophomore year he got on the field a lot. Then he kind of had a breakout year his junior year. He was an all-district player and got a lot of attention. Then he had another solid year for us this year.

BSN: What makes him a good prospect?
Van Meter
: Well, he's a big, tall, rangy kid that can run. He's right at 6-4, about 215. I believe he's run 14.3 in the high hurdles down here. So he's very athletic. I think that is the attracting factor for most of these recruiters. (Note: a time of 14.3 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles would've placed second at the 2006 Colorado high school track state championships).

He's a kid that they project could play rush end. Or he could play that outside linebacker. He's got a lot of upside. I think he's going to be an outside backer at that level. Of course, all that depends on how he matures and grows. If he gets to be 245 or 250, they may move him inside. But I look for him to stay in that 225 range.

BSN: Friendswood is an academically rigorous school. How do you think Robert will adjust to that side of things in college?
Van Meter
: I think he'll be fine. Robert's a solid student. He's a B student here. I don't think that grades will ever be an issue for him.

BSN: Do you know what it was about Colorado that he liked?
Van Meter
: I talked to him after his visit. He fell in love with it once he got up there. But I think too the tradition of Colorado, playing in the Big 12 school and the bowls and those type of things (attracted him). And he really like Coach Hawkins and his enthusiasm.


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