DT Michael Hill Profile
The four-star defensive tackle watched the Tigers' stadium scrimmage that
afternoon. On Monday night, CUTigers caught up with Pendleton High
School head coach Paul Sutherland, who accompanied him on the
"It was important to get him over there for a scrimmage. I've been working
on it, because it's so close. With his track schedule, between track and
everything, I haven't been able to get him over there," Sutherland said.
"I told coach [Chad] Morris and coach [Dan]
Brooks last week that today would be the best. We're not [back] in
school yet, because of spring break.
"It was good to get him up there, be around the guys and everything. As
soon as we walked in, they said, coach [Dabo] Swinney wants
you to report directly to him. He went up there and watched the scrimmage
with coach Swinney."
After the scrimmage ended, Hill spent some time with Brooks.
"It's just very important for him to get up close and a personal look at
them, and of course them being one of the state schools and being so
close," Sutherland said.
After the trip, Hill shared a few thoughts with Sutherland.
"The player and coach relationships…he's very comfortable with those
coaches. We talked about a lot of things," Sutherland said.
The 6-foot-2, 315-plund prospect told his coach that he wants to see a few
more schools before cutting down his list.
"He admitted to me that he's forming some things up in his mind. That's
important," Sutherland said. "He's not going to release anything until he
sees all the campuses."
Along with Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Ohio State,
South Carolina and Tennessee have offered. USC, LSU, Michigan State and
Florida State have expressed interest.
Hill's also visited South Carolina and Tennessee. Alabama, Ohio State,
Michigan and Florida are the other schools he'd like to see between now
and the fall.
"He's very comfortable with those eight [offers]. He realizes we can't go
into the fall with eight…he told me again today that his goal is to
announce before his senior season, before the games actually start,"
As a junior, Hill had 81 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss, six sacks and
four forced fumbles.
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