Grant Hill talks favorite

Grant Hill, offensive tackle from Huntsville, Ala., has seen national championship head coaches at school as of late. Andrew Bone talked with Hill about the latest with his recruitment and how soon during the process will he make a decision.

"Nick Saban and Gene Chizik both came by my high school," said Grant Hill. "I talked to Nick Saban last week on the phone. August 1 is the day when they can officially send the offer. He wanted to call me to tell me they will follow through with it.

"He talked to me about more than just football. He talked to me about academics. He talked about the overall program. He talked about how many seniors are on the All-SEC honor roll and the graduation rate.

"I am not sure if Auburn is going to offer me or not. Auburn is definitely showing a lot of interest. Coach Chizik said they are very interested in me. Coach Lolley has come up here a few times. The offensive line coach [Jeff Grimes] has also been up here.

"I think UAB either has or is about to offer me. LSU, Mississippi State and Nebraska are showing a lot of interest. I haven't heard yet from Florida or Ole Miss. Georgia Tech and Florida State are also showing interest."

Hill will attend his first Junior Day next weekend at Alabama. The Tide has his early attention.

"I am obviously very interested in Alabama," he said. "I have only been to Alabama and Auburn. I don't know if that's enough yet. I may need to visit one more school, and if it doesn't live up to Alabama I may go ahead and commit. I just can't say anything just yet.

"Alabama is my favorite school right now. I guess I like how professional they handle everything. They handle everything so well. They have a great program, atmosphere and fans. Everything about the whole program impresses me. The way coach Saban handles everything. He knows how to win. He is a good coach."

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound lineman burst on the recruiting scene during his junior season. He won't compete in spring practice this year due to spring track season. He is one of the best in the nation at the shot put and discus.

"I am just lifting weights and getting ready for track season," said Hill. "I am not doing spring practice this year. My coach understands that. I am going to come back for summer work-outs.

Hill knows his strengths and areas to improve.

"Two years ago I came off a back injury," he said. "I want to focus on my explosiveness. I am going to focus on my core and my back. I want to make sure my injury never comes back. I want to work on base strength.

"I guess I am quick off the ball for my size. I am pretty strong. I am trying to cut down on the weight. I increased strength and speed. My bench is up to 360-pounds. I am just quick off the ball for my size. I try to do the best I can."

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