September 22, 2009

Move to OC paying dividends for Hill

Prior to his senior season, Slidell, La. offensive lineman Alex Hill was moved by his coaches from offensive tackle to offensive center. The move - which took place in the spring - immediately paid dividends with his recruitment as numerous colleges became excited at the athleticism he showed at the position. Three games into the season, the move is also paying dividends on the field.

This past Friday, Slidell beat John Ehret 31-21 to improve to 2-1. In the game, Hill not only had his best performance of the season to date, but it may have been the best performance of his career.

"I played the best game I've ever had this Friday," Hill said. "I had to have had like 20-something pancakes. I don't want to have any excuses for college coaches that don't want me and I felt like the one thing I'm missing is finishing so I kind of put that in focus."

With Hill on his way to perfecting the pancake, he is also making strides as a center and the athletic lineman is becoming that much more appealing to colleges.

"I love center," he said. "I still have to get used to reading the front quickly and getting in a stance."

During the summer, Hill received interest from schools such as Auburn, Missouri, Southern Miss and LSU. Since then, some schools have increased interest while others have fallen off but things have stayed busy.

"Nebraska has been a big recruiter and Ole Miss has kind of dropped off the radar," he said. "I talk to [Nebraska Coach John Papuchis] every chance I get. He'll call me or I'll call him and he's been emailing me. This week they'll be evaluating my film and decide what they want to do. If they offered that would be one of my main choices."

As of yet, Hill doesn't have any official visits planned but there are a few schools he has in mind as possible trips. That list of schools consists of Auburn, Tennessee, Nebraska and Missouri. Hill is in communication with all four schools but has not discussed specifically official visits yet.


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