The Latest on Michael Hill

For the latest on four-star defensive tackle Michael Hill, CUTigers caught up with Pendleton High School head coach Paul Sutherland.

DT Michael Hill Profile

Hill, a 6-foot-2, 315-pound rising senior, is ranked by as the No. 13 defensive tackle in the class of 2013.

Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Ohio State and South Carolina are among the schools that have offered.

What are your overall thoughts on Michael Hill off the field?
Sutherland: I tell them all. You can ask his coaches, his teammates. He's just a very quiet kid. He's 6-3, 315 pounds and you'd never know it in school. He's just a quiet, unassuming kid.

So you don't have many problems from him?
Sutherland: Oh, goodness, no. I'm trying to find a way to make him mean. I say that, but he plays hard. He had 25 tackles for loss. Of course, he has to play hard when you look at all the offers he's got.

What schools are recruiting him the hardest?
Sutherland: Of course, the two in-state schools, I can assure you that no one is out-working them. That's the way it should be. Their staffs are as diligent as anyone.

Does he talk to you much about the recruiting process? What he's looking for and what he sees when he's visiting?
Sutherland: One thing that has been a constant with him, he's very high on his test scores. He's very high on math. He wants to be a business finance major. That's the one thing that's been a constant from him. The recruiting thing has kind of overwhelmed him some. As far as naming a leader, no…he's got more questions than he does answers about the whole process.

He's been on campus, obviously, at Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

Does he have any other visits planned?
Sutherland: That is a commitment I have made to him. I've spoken with his father. I have not been on any of the visits with him, nor do I need to go. I have told them I will take him to as many during the summer, if he can't get to them. We're definitely going to get him on campus at Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Michigan.

Has he talked much about how long he wants to go before cutting things down or making a decision?
Sutherland: The only thing he's told me…he says he'd like to make a decision before his senior season. I told him, ‘Michael, you can't go on official visits until September 1.' There was one report out there that Ohio State was his favorite.

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