Hill Adds Offer From Tigers

Huntsville junior offensive lineman Grant Hill discusses getting an offer from Auburn and the recruiting process.

Huntsville, Ala.—Expected to be one of the top players in Alabama for the 2013 class, 6-6, 310 offensive tackle Grant Hill picked up his second big early offer on Tuesday after talking with Coach Gene Chizik on the phone. Adding an offer from the Auburn Tigers after already picking one up from Alabama, Hill said it was a big day for him.

"I talked to Coach Jeff Grimes on the phone and then I talked to Gene Chizik and he's the one that offered me," Hill tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's exciting, especially coming from an SEC school. I have grown up loving SEC football because it's the best in the country in my opinion. An offer anywhere is exciting, but the SEC is definitely that extra boost."

Recently Chizik and Grimes both visited Huntsville High, but Hill said he really didn't know how close he was getting to an offer until it finally came across.

"I knew they were interested," Hill said. "Coach Chizik came to my school the Friday before last. I knew they were showing interest, but I would have to say it's a little bit of a surprise that they offered me."

Grant Hill

Recently Hill said he's gotten the opportunity to talk more with Grimes and get a feel for what the coach is like. That's something he said is important and so far he said everything is good in that department.

"He seems like a really professional guy," Hill said. "He's put out some great offensive linemen. I'm sure he has a great program for them at Auburn. He has a lot of things to offer an offensive lineman and I really respect him."

Currently holding offers from Auburn and Alabama with East Carolina and UAB also very close to coming on board as well, Hill said at the moment he's just taking things slowly as he just begins to get into the world of recruiting.

"It's just really exciting," Hill said. "Being able to play at the next level is something you always dream of. Taking that first step to college has always been a dream of mine. Finally realizing that I guess is just really exciting.

"I'm trying to be as unbiased as possible," he said. "I'm just trying to see what each program has to offer, their whole experience for a student-athlete and not just football. I want to go into the medical field, but I'm not really quite sure what I want to do yet. Basically I just want to lay the cards on the table for what each school has to offer me and we'll go from there."

Many prospects are making earlier and earlier decisions and already with offers from Auburn and Alabama, Hill could easily choose to get his out of the way as well. While he's not ruling that out he said he wants to move at his own pace until he's sure of his future home.

"I wouldn't say I want to wait until signing day next year, but as of right now I'm not very close to committing," Hill said. "My mind may change. I may take a junior day visit to Auburn or Alabama or somewhere else and may get a little perspective and commit. We'll see how things go."

A two-year starter at offensive tackle after starting his sophomore season on the defensive line, Hill said he normally weighs around 325 for football season, but has his weight down for track season this spring. He's currently throwing both the discus and shot put for Huntsville High. Last week Hill was third in Class 6A in the shot put at the state indoor track meet with a throw of 51' 4 ½ ".

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