It’s been easy for Carson (Calif.) cornerback Chris Hill to be overshadowed at times, given the big-name talent that’s been in the Colts program the past few seasons.
But with the way Hill played in the spring, especially at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles, he’s making a name for himself.
While Hill still waits for his first offer, there have been a handful of schools who are showing interest in him.
“The main school has been New Mexico,” said Hill. “They like me as a cornerback and I’m one of the top players on their board. Coach (Tony) White is recruiting me there. They came by during the spring.”
And it’s not just the Lobos who have interest in Hill.
“USC, they said they’re interested in me and Washington is real interested in me too,” said Hill. “I’ve been talking to Coach Brian White and (Coach) J.D. Williams. The interest came from when they were watching Domo (Washington signee Dominique Blackman, Hill’s Carson teammate). Washington is a school I’m really interested in.”
Boise State, who signed his Carson teammate, Jack Sula, is also a school that Hill has interest in.
Hill said the offers not coming through hasn’t been too much of a deterrent, but he knows the first few games of his senior year will be key.
“I know that schools want to see some games of my senior year. I feel like the offers could come at some point, but a lot of people want to see that first game. I’m really looking forward to it.”
That “first game” will be a test right off the bat for Hill and Carson, as they take on Mater Dei, and Scout’s #1-ranked player, quarterback Matt Barkley.
“We want to take it one game at a time, but we’re really focused on that game. We worked hard this summer getting ready for the season,” said Hill.
And Hill did a lot during the break to get his name out their further, camping at the Badger/New Level Pass Camp in Las Vegas in March, earning all-combine honors at the UA/Scout Combine in Los Angeles, camping at Cal and UCLA and then USC, as well as a passing tourney at USC.
“I did a lot of camps and a lot of passing leagues,” said Hill. “I’m just trying to get my name out there more.”
Following the Mater Dei game, Hill and Carson will take on Gardena Serra, and he’ll again have a chance to go up against a bigtime prospect, this time, elite 2010 receiver Robert Woods, who’s a close friend of Hill’s.
Academically, Hill said he’s in fine shape and will retake the SAT this fall.