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Hill Reflects on Navy Commitment
Posted Aug 24, 2007
Clarksville, Md., standout Jonathan Hill decided to end his recruitment a few weeks back, giving his verbal pledge to the Naval Academy and recently we were able to catch up with the linebacker to discuss what drove him to this decision. As one of the captains on a talented River Hill team, Hill should fit right in when he steps foot on campus at Annapolis.
is a player that flew somewhat under the radar so far in recruiting and gave his verbal commitment to play for
a few weeks ago. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound athlete plays both tight end and linebacker for a River Hill team that made it to the Maryland State Championship game last season and will line up on the defensive side of the ball at outside linebacker for the Midshipmen. Hill spoke with us about his choice recently and definitely seems to fit the bill of a Navy man.
“Navy had always been my first choice and when I camped there and had the opportunity to meet the coaching staff and players I really saw the type of people that I want to be associated with for the next several years of my life,” Hill explained. “The staff was very friendly and professional and the current players I spoke to spoke very highly of both the football program and the school in general. I just got a great vibe from everyone I came in contact with and felt comfortable that Navy was the place I wanted to be.”
“One thing about joining the Naval Academy that is important to me is that I feel the leadership qualities I will learn and the prestige of graduating from there will give me a leg up in regard to my future goals,” Hill said. “I am very focused on my future and am intrigued at the possibility of pursuing a future with the FBI or CIA as it has always really interested me. I feel my time at Navy will really help me toward that goal. Another thing that stands out is that I just love the thought of alumni from many years back and from all parts of the country coming to see us play. There is a great legacy and tradition and there is definitely something special about being a part of the Navy.”
Hill has run the 40-yard dash consistently in the low 4.5 range, runs a 4.5 short shuttle and boasts a 33-inch vertical leap. He benches 325 pounds and squats 475 pounds.
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