Will "The Thrill" Commits to Florida
Will Hill, the No. 2-rated high school football player in the ESPN 150, is off the board. Hill, a multi-talented athlete from St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J., says he'll sign with the reigning national champion Florida Gators.
Hill's decision ends months of speculation and solidifies the Gators in recruiting circles.Â He picked the Gators over Florida State, Southern California and Rutgers.
Hill's family and Hansen listed education, the ability to play for a national championship and comfort level with the coaching staff as key ingredients.
Hill (6-3, 203 pounds), nicknamed "The Thrill" for exhilarating play as a quarterback, wide receiver, running back, return specialist and safety, came to prominence as a sophomore as he led undefeated St. Peter's to New Jersey's Group 4 Non-Public state championship over powerhouse Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey). Hill combined for nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 25 touchdowns during the championship run.
In 2006, he took St. Peter's the state final where Don Bosco won, 41-0. Despite the loss, St. Peter's went 11-1 as Hill completed 39 of 67 passes (58.2 percent) for 758 yards and 11 TDs and ran for 758 yards (11.7 yards per carry) and 15 TDs, but rarely saw significant playing time in the second half because of lopsided scores.
According to Hill's "exceptional'' evaluation compiled by Scouts, Inc., he's an impact player who:
â€¢ Possesses outstanding vision, seeing things quickly and has the stop-and-start ability to exploit small creases.
â€¢ Can play any skill position and will be an impact and game-breaking player in college.
â€¢Â Can beÂ a deep threat at receiver, showing ability to consistently separate from defenders.
â€¢ On defense, he possesses great motor and can match-up with speedy wideouts; can defend the perimeter at cornerback to match-up in press because of his physical nature.
Hill is the ninth player in the Gators' Class of 2008, joining ESPN 150 players, safety Dee Finley of Auburn (Ala.) and cornerback Jeremy Brown of Boone (Orlando).
Hill's decision was influenced when Brown verballed recently. "We visited Florida together and his decision just sealed the deal," Hill said.
Student-athletes cannot sign their binding national letters-of-intent until Feb. 6, 2008 â€“ the first day of signing period.
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