Hill ready for UA game

The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic came and went, but one of the best prospects in the state was not on the roster. Alabama pledge Grant Hill suffered an ankle injury in his final regular season game, but he's set to return on a bigger stage.

Grant Hill has been rehabbing his ankle injury, patiently waiting to get back on the field. After missing one all-star event, Hill is poised not to miss the nationally televised Under Armour All-American game.

"It's feeling pretty good, I've been doing ice and rehab and whatever," he said. "Overall, it's getting better."

Fellow Crimson Tide commits will play in the game with him, including O.J. Howard, Maurice Smith, Demarcus Walker and newest commit Robert Foster is also among players listed on the same team (Team Highlight) as Hill for the January 4 game.

"That's a nice thing, we'll get to play football all together before college," he said. "It will be a good experience for us. I'm excited to be able to play in a game like that, it is relaxed and fun. I'm looking forward to going down there and playing with all these talented guys."

The four-star offensive tackle prospect out of Huntsville (Ala.) remains solidly committed to Alabama, recently taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa with several additional commitments and targets.

"We really went in-depth as far as touring the facilities," Hill recalled. "We got to know the coaches more, the recruits as well. I enjoyed it, we went over specific stuff as opposed to game day when they're worried about the game."

The versatile lineman has experience at most positions up front, but the initial plan upon his arrival at UA over the summer is for him to play tackle.

"They were showing me how they want to use me, how they run the program and stuff like that," said Hill. "They want me to play tackle, but I will play anywhere. I'm just blessed to play at Alabama; I'll play anywhere they want me to play."

One of the other players Hill spent time with on his official visit will not only suit up with him at the Under Armour game, but he will be commanding the huddle as well.

"He's a great guy," he said of five-star quarterback Cooper Bateman. "He's really, really nice. I liked him, I think he's going to be very successful in football and in life or anything he goes into. I think very highly of him."

Hill has been working not only to rehab his ankle leading up to the game, but he has also been working on his overall game.

"Just to improve everything," he added. "Improve my strength, endurance, flexibility and technique. Getting healthy and leaving no stone unturned as well."

During that official to Tuscaloosa, there was another solid item the future Tider left unturned.

His plate.

Said Hill, "I may have been a little bit selfish, but I was focused on everything because it was a great weekend. I had the best food I've ever had in my life. We ate good every day, you wouldn't believe how good it was. We went to a really, really fancy restaurant, but it was served buffet style, so you could eat however much you want. It was the best prime rib I've ever had, and you could eat all you wanted!"


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