Snellville, Ga.--Just like many of the top wide receiver prospects on Auburn’s recruiting board, four-star Brookwood High standout Matthew Hill had heard about the changes on offense for the Tigers, but was waiting to see them in person.
On hand for the A-Day game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Hill said he saw exactly what he wanted to see out of Chip Lindsey’s offense with transfer quarterback Jarrett Stidham putting up big numbers and throwing the ball down the field.
“It was great because the quarterback is a great guy,” Hill said. “After how many yards he threw in the first half, that was just a great half for him.”
Seeing Stidham as well as true freshman Malik Willis both have big days was a must-have part of the equation for Auburn in Hill’s mind because in the passing game that’s where everything begins. A former five-star recruit who started his career at Baylor, Stidham’s emergence for the Tigers is a game-changer he said.
“It was very important because you can’t really do anything on offense without a quarterback,” Hill said. “Once the quarterback came in that’s going to make a real difference.”
With offers from many of the top football programs around the country including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami and Ohio State, Hill said seeing Auburn throw the ball definitely didn’t hurt their chances of making his top group when the time comes.
“I’m still developing a top five list and that should come out after springtime officially,” Hill said. “I just have a lot of schools contacting me and speaking to me.”
As a junior Hill caught 41 passes for 849 yards with nine touchdowns while adding 98 carries for 625 yards and eight more scores. In addition he returned 19 kickoffs for 512 yards.