Eufaula, Ala.--A prospect who impressed the Auburn Tigers when he camped as a freshman, 6-0, 274 defensive lineman Kadarian Hill was back on the Plains on Saturday for another chance to showcase his skills and it was enough to earn an offer from Gus Malzahn.
Meeting with the head coach following the camp, Hill said Malzahn had some important words for him along with the scholarship offer.
“(He said) I’m a great player and very respectful,” Hill said. “He said he would like to have me at Auburn.
“They called me into his office and he sat down and talked to me. He told me I was a great player. That’s when he told me (about the offer).”
A player known as "KD," Hill is a physical interior defensive line prospect who has continued to improve his play since stepping on the field as a freshman for the Tigers. As a sophomore he finished the season with 40 tackles, four sacks, five tackles for a loss and two passes broken up. Now bigger and stronger, Hill had three tackles and two tackles for a loss in just a half in the spring game for Eufaula.
Using his strength and quickness to get penetration at the line of scrimmage, Hill said getting to work with Auburn defensive line Coach Rodney Garner once again is something he believes will only help him continue to get better.
“There was a lot of competition and I got better,” Hill said of his camp experience. “Coach Garner really pushed us through it and we got better.”
That bond with Garner, Malzahn and the rest of the coaching staff is something that has been very important for Hill as he’s continued to develop as a top prospect. Saying that Malzahn is “a great coach,” Hill noted that getting to know the staff has been a fun part of things for him.
“It was really good to build a close relationship with Coach Malzahn, Coach Garner and Coach (Scott) Fountain,” he said. “Our relationship is getting closer.”
Already with offers from South Alabama and Troy before adding one from Auburn, Hill said he’s also hearing from Alabama, Florida State and Georgia as well as other schools.
Having already been to several games at Auburn, the prospect said he plans to be back in Jordan-Hare Stadium this fall and also wants to see games at Alabama and LSU.