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Coaches Corner: Travis Hill — Tulsa East Central

Travis Hill has been around football in the state of Oklahoma for years. He coached with CU assistant Chris Wilson at NE Oklahoma A&M in the mid-‘90s. Hill, who is now head coach at Tulsa's East Central High, thinks that the Buffs are getting the best defensive lineman in Oklahoma in verbal commit <a href="">Chris Todd</a>.

"Chris is as talented as any defensive lineman I coached there (at NEO)," said Hill, who was at the junior college for nine years. "He's the most talented defensive lineman, in my eyes, in the state of Oklahoma this year."

The East Central football team was district champion this past season, playing to an 11-2 record before losing in the semifinals of the 5A state playoffs. Todd, at 6-2 1/2, 280 pounds, and owning a 4.71 in the 40, earned 15 sacks on the season. He played defensive end at East Central, but will likely move inside at the next level.

"Chris was a big part of (our success)," Hill said. "He's a dominant player. He was a big plus for us and a lot of people were smart enough to run away from him. He had two great seasons and is reaping some of the benefits of that."

Hill said that Todd showed interest in Colorado beginning last summer.

"He came to me this summer. I said, ‘I need to know what you're thinking (in terms of recruiting). We're not going to play the (recruiting) game with 30 or 40 schools; that's unrealistic,'" Hill explained. Todd made it clear that he had interest in Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and "that place out in Colorado that has the Buffaloes on their helmets."

"Coach Wilson did an extremely good job of recruiting him," Hill continued. "Coach Wilson developed a great relationship with Chris and his family, and has been honest with him."

Hill thinks Todd has the opportunity to make an impact in college in his second year, depending on CU's depth chart.

"The first year is always tough," he said.

Hill also said he's had conversations with Todd about the facts of life in college football: Coaches sometimes come and go. Wilson has reportedly been approached about an assistant coaching job at Nebraska. But Hill said "it's firm that Chris Wilson will be there at the University of Colorado next year. I think he's going to be a good mentor for him."

In order to enroll at CU for the fall, Todd still has to make his test score. Hill said Todd will have as many as four more chances to do that.

"We feel somewhat comfortable with that, but it still has to happen," he said.

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