Ball State Class of '08: Jeremy Hill

BallStateInsider.com continues to highlight each player in the class of 2008 and doing a brief scouting report on each of the 24 players in the class (21 new players signed and 3 greyshirts). Today we have the fifth of those 24 installments.

Jeremy Hill, 6-2 175 WR, Marietta, GA (Marietta)

What he brings: Speed. Jeremy will be a vertical threat from day one on campus. He will fill a particular niche that was not filled successfully last season for the Cardinals potent offense, that of coverage stretcher. Hill possesses the same deep ball threat speed that former Cardinal Terry Moss excelled with, except Hill boasts a 6-2 frame (Moss was 5-9). Hill looks to be a natural hand catcher and should also develop into a solid receiver in other areas thanks to his solid ands and good size. But until those skills develop, the former track star in Georgia will serve as a deep threat for the Cardinals. Hill also possesses good body control and solid athletic ability that should help him on 50-50 balls against DBs.

Areas of improvement: Not to be a broken record, but it is safe to assume that two things will be asked of Hill aside from his overall development as a WR. One is blocking, WR blocking is vital in the collegiate running attack and Hill's playing time will factor greatly on this facet of his game. Two, size. Hill is generously listed at 175, he needs to add some beef in order to block and become a total package WR that Ball State will look for. He doesn't want to get to big and risk his burnout speed, but another 10 lbs will help him take the punishment of MAC safeties and DBs.

BallStateInsider.com grade: Starting off as a role player but, if he commits to his craft, has the tools to be a All-MAC performer.


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