June 21, 2011
Hill performs well at Spartan Camp
One of the top performs at the Michigan State 1-Day Camp that was held of Saturday was running back Alden Hill of Marlington High School in Ohio. SpartanMag.com was bale to catch up with the 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect and got his thoughts about Michigan State.
Hill has been one of the faster rising recruits in the Midwest for the class of 2012. He currently has 13 scholarship on the table, including BCS offers from Boston College, Illinois, Northwestern, Virginia, UConn, Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh. Michigan state, Michigan and Wisconsin are all actively involved.
Rivals.com current rated Hill as a 3-star recruit and the #52 running back in the nation. Ohio Varsity had the following to say about Hill's ability.
"Hill is a tall, strong running back who continues to fill into his large frame. He is the prototypical workhorse back that might lack all the fancy moves but can run straight over you. He's a downhill runner that shows great field awareness and wastes no time getting to the next level. He can easily find the hole and will often carry defenders and fight for those last couple yards."
Last fall Hill put up record setting numbers for Marlington High School. He rushed for 2247-yards and scored 35 touchdowns while leading Marlington to a 13-1 record and a spot in the Ohio State Semi-Finals. For his efforts, he was named 1st Team All-Ohio and Offensive Player of the Year in Ohio for Division III.
SpartanMag.com watched Hill in several drills and we were impressed with not only his size, but his quickness. Hill is not just a power-back, he has quick feet for a player his size and has some nifty open-field moves. He made several linebacker look bad in the 1-1 portion of camp. We asked him about the camp.
"I had a great time at camp and getting to work with Coach Salem," he stated. "Coach Salem said he was impressed with my athleticism and told Coach Narduzzi that I reminded him of Larry Caper. Coach Dantonio was impressed with my speed. I ran a 4.6 forty. He said they subtract a tenth because it was on the grass field so I really ran a 4.5."
One often reasons why SpartanMag.com believes Hill has seen his stock take-off this spring is due to the fact that he has shown that he has legit speed. Hill can take it the distance when he break into the open filed. He clocked a 11.0 100-Meters this spring for Marlington High School. Not many 220-pound players can touch that number.
Hill went on to talk more about his visit to East Lansing.
"I got to eat lunch with Coach Narduzzi in his office and talk about recruiting. My mother and I got to talk to Coach Dantonio in his office. We got to discuss my goals in finding the right college and his goals as the head coach."
Michigan State did not sign a running back for the class of 2011 and LeVeon Bell did not red shirt last fall. For that reason they are being very selective about the players the are evaluating at the running back position. Hill understand that and appreciated how selective the Spartan are being.
"Coach Dantonio told me they loved what I did at camp and told me to be patient with them because they have a lot of recruiting and evaluation left," Hill said. "He told me to stay in touch with his staff and in a few weeks they will be able to tell me where I stand in their recruiting process. I really enjoy the staff at Michigan State. I believe all the coaches are on the same page and have the right tools to win a Big Ten Championship. It would be great to have an offer from the Spartans."
Michigan State will be holding another 1-Day Camp on July 11th. At that camp several other running back prospect will be trying to impress the staff. Hill has certainly set the bar high for whoever attends that camp. It is very likely that the Spartans will make a decision about who they make a top priority shortly after that camp. Hill would seem to be in a strong position after his performance on Saturday.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Hill in the coming weeks.
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