"It felt like the right place."
Grant Hill, offensive tackle from Huntsville, Ala., gave his commitment to the University of Alabama. Hill committed to the Tide with several other scholarship offers including Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee.
Hill was a top priority for the Alabama coaching staff. He burst on the recruiting scene as a junior. He is extremely athletic for his size and can play guard or tackle. He is an excellent drive blocker and has very good footwork. His junior highlights were featured this week on FoxSportsNext.
"I like how professional they handle everything," Hill said of Alabama. "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.
"After going down for Junior Day getting to know the coaches a little bit and seeing where I am going to be it made me want to go ahead with my decision.
"I called the coaches around 2:15 p.m. I spoke with coach Thompson and coach Saban. Coach Saban was excited. He told me they would be glad to have me there. He elaborated on it for about five minutes. That was pretty much it."
Hill had several reasons for committing to the Tide.
"I am pretty excited," he said. "I figured I would go ahead and do it. It's close to home. It felt like the right place. Coach Saban was really the big reason for my commitment. He is just such a great coach. The program he has built at Alabama is unmatched.
"Coach Saban mentioned a couple of times they needed tackles. I assume they want me to play tackle. I would have to say it's an honor to play for a program with a tradition like that."
"I really got along with coach Stoutland at Junior Day. Our personalities are a lot a like. Some coaches try to flatter you. Coach Stoutland and I clicked together.
"He was very real with me. The reality is you have to put in a hard day's work. It's not just bread and butter when you go there. You have to put in the work. I like that a lot about coach Stoutland.
"Georgia actually offered me today," he added about his scholarship offers. "I will probably take a couple of more visits. I won't get to see these places again. I am not a big traveler or anything. It will be nice to see these schools."
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