Troy Hill, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound three-star cornerback from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif., only has two scholarships offers (Washington and Arizona), but admits he came very close to pulling the trigger already.
“I was thinking about just committing to Washington,” Hill said. “My parents told me to wait and take my time. I was really feeling a good vibe from them and it felt right, but I’m gonna take some time and see what else happen.”
Hill, ranked as the No. 17 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, will be visiting the Huskies for the first time later this month for their spring game. He will be going to Washington with fellow cornerback Josh Shaw (6-2, 187) from Palmdale, Calif.
“Josh and I are friends,” he said. “We’ve gotten to know each other and it would be cool to go to school together. He’s looking at Washington a lot too.”
The Huskies and San Diego State are Shaw’s only offers.
Trailing Washington are Arizona, Georgia, UCLA and Notre Dame.
“But Washington is my favorite still,” he said.
Hill already attended junior days at UCLA and USC and while the Bruins have been showing interest, the Trojans are not recruiting Hill.
“I love the campus at UCLA,” he said. “It’s really beautiful. Also, the coaches are good and they are an up-and-coming program, but they are already pretty deep with defensive backs. I’m not sure about them. I’d be surprised if they offered.”
Hill was born in Ohio and has only lived in the Golden State for two years. He says he followed Georgia as a youngster. “They won a lot and were on TV all the time,” he said. “I just liked watching them.”
The Bulldogs aren’t showing much interest.
One school that Hill believes is close to offering is Notre Dame. “They are recruiting me,” he said. “They’ve talked with my coach a lot and he said that they are close to an offer.”
Besides attending the Washington spring game later this month, Hill says he’d like to go back for a Huskies camp later this summer as well. He’s also considering attending camps at California, USC, UCLA and Arizona. “I want to try and get out to as many as possible,” he said.
“I definitely want to check out Washington,” he said. “I really like the coaches a lot and they told me I’d have a good chance to start as a freshman. I love how they are a program that is coming up. It’s a place where I could really make a name for myself.
“The coaches have a great history of winning and have that winning mentality, so it won’t be too long,” he said.
Another person advising Hill to wait before committing is his brother, Taylor Hill, who signed with Michigan but transferred after coach Rich Rodriguez took over. “He’s now at Youngstown State but he’s looking at coming to Arizona,” he said. “They’re real interested in him.”
The older Hill knows a thing or two about pulling the trigger too soon. “He committed to Oklahoma originally,” he said. “But then he decommitted and signed with Michigan, so he’s telling me not to make the same mistake.”
So for now, Hill plans on taking his time and waiting.
“I really want to find a good school in general,” he said. “If football doesn’t work out I still want to make sure I’ve got my diploma.
“I also want to go where I can play early and make a difference,” he said. “I want to play for a team that is one the rise and where I can be an impact for them.”
Hill finished his junior season with 46 tackles, five interceptions (one for a touchdown) and one kick returned for a score.
“I have great awareness and footwork,” Hill said. “I have great instincts and just know what to do. I’m real smart on the field and play very physical.”
He says he benches 205-pounds and squats 405. He’s looking to improve his upper body strength. “I want to be able to jam better and finish my tackles more,” he said. “I think getting stronger is real important.
“I also want to work on my speed and be more consistent with it,” he said.
Hill says he runs a 4.5 forty and claims a 38.5 vertical jump.
He says he’s like to major in sports business and reports a 2.2 core GPA. He’s taking the SAT in June. Hill will also be going to summer school to help his GPA.