Yesterday, we looked at Terronne Prescod, the first member of the #Pack14 to send in his financial aid agreement. Today we take a look at a late-blooming defensive tackle from just outside of Charlotte.
6'3" 265 lbs
Oakboro, North Carolina
Ranked: Three star by Rivals, #69 DE by Scout, #64 Strongside DE by 247 Sports
East Carolina, North Carolina
Hill went under the radar all the way through his junior season. He missed over half of the season due to injury, so he relied on team camps to impress prospective universities. Hill was offered by ECU but never seemed to want to settle for that. In early June, Hill camped at NC State and UNC on back-to-back days and picked up offers from both by the end of the weekend. He then announced that he would make his decision that week and end the process. For the days leading up to the decision, it was thought by many that he was a lock for the Tar Heels, as he grew up a fan of the baby blue. On the morning of June 12, that thought process was starting to change. Hill selected the Wolfpack later that day in an upset. From there, Hill was as solid as they come, making many visits to Raleigh.
What to Expect:
Hill is an extremely athletic and versatile defensive lineman. It sounds like the Pack coaches plan to use him as a defensive tackle, but he could play end as well. Hill actually played running back for three years in high school. In addition to his offensive duties, Hill lined up on the defensive line, at linebacker, and even defensive back during his time at West Stanly. His versatility is what had both schools' coaching staffs all over him after camp.
Hill will likely redshirt, but he has a very high ceiling. Even with early enrollment, he still has between 25-35 pounds to add as well as getting used to playing defensive tackle full-time. I see Hill getting most of his playing time by his junior year and having an impact and role similar to J.R. Sweezy a few years back.