Top defensive tackle commits to Tide

Alabama has received a huge commitment from defensive tackle Michael Hill.

Hill stands 6-3, weighs 274 pounds, and has clocked a 4.70 forty. He has run the 200 meters in 22.0 flat, which is testimony to his speed being legitimate.

The Smiths Station star played middle linebacker for the first three games this year, but he has since moved back to defensive tackle and is performing at a high level. Hill has 32 tackles and two quarterback sacks so far as a senior.

Hill told that he chose Alabama over South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati.

Michael Hill (right) and Mitchell Thomas (left) are teammates at Smiths Station.

"Alabama has been my first choice from the beginning," Hill said. "Attending the Georgia game last Saturday just solidified that decision in my mind. The time just felt right (to commit)."

During the recruiting process Hill has become comfortable with the Tide coaching staff. "I really like (Tide defensive line) Coach Stan Eggen," Hill said. "I like what he is doing with his lineman. He lets you develop and gives young lineman a chance to play."

Hill's visit to Tuscaloosa was unofficial, but he has set his official visit date for December 6.

Hill has a 24-inch vertical jump and plans to major in Electrical Engineering.

When Hill made the phone call to Coach Fobbs this morning to commit, his teammate, Mitchell Thomas, was with him on the phone and also committed at the same time. But Thomas had not cleared his decision with his father, and since then he has backed off. Thomas' father wants him to take visits to other schools to make see what they have to offer before committing.

It remains to be seen if a scholarship will still be available for Thomas, or if someone else chooses the opportunity to take it. Thomas said that if Alabama starts running out of scholarships, then he would have to commit regardless of the pressure.

Considered by many to be the top linebacker prospect in the state, Thomas is very instinctive, aggressive, and intense as a defensive player.

Hill becomes the 12th player to commit to Alabama this recruiting season. Due to NCAA sanctions, the Tide can only sign 18 athletes.

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