Blue Devils working hard early on for SC OLB

One of the top early prospects on the recruiting board in the class of 2016 is Heathwood Hall (S.C.) linebacker Brandon Hill. The 6-foot-3, 212 pound prospect recently sat down with TDD to discuss his recruitment, and Duke's early interest.

"Right now I have offers from Duke, Wake Forest, and Clemson," said Heathwood Hall (S.C.) outside linebacker Brandon Hill. "I've taken visits to Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Clemson, and Duke."

Hill, who measures out at 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds with a 4.59 forty on the books, plays both outside linebacker and running back for Heathwood Hall. However, he projects to play linebacker at the next level.

"All the coaches I've talked to like the way I play that position. They see my length and the way I move, but they also have told me that I need to keep getting bigger, faster, and stronger. They see me playing around 230 pounds when I'm ready."

In addition to playing linebacker and running back, Hill has also lined up at defensive end, wide receiver, and even quarterback through his first two seasons. That versatility has allowed him to not only become a valueable recruiting commodity, but also a more cerebrial prospect on the field. Add in a good motor and physical tools, and it's easy to see why he's got so much early interest. But, there's always room for improvement.

"I feel like I've worked hard to continue to improve as a player. I think a scouting report has to start with my effort. I try not to rest when I'm on the field. I am always chasing guys down."

From Duke's perspective, Hill has the resume that would likely translate into a productive career in the Blue Devils' 4-2-5 scheme. And that's the pitch the program is making.

"My recruiting coach is Coach Jones, and I love talking with him. He's made it clear that Duke is a great choice for me. He is a great guy, and he's honest. He's always straight forward with me when we talk. He keeps it real."

So much so that Jones got Hill to commit to taking an unofficial visit during the season, which opened Hill's eyes a bit.

"I had a great time visiting there. I knew Gabe Brandner from when he was at Heathwood with me, and he introduced me to a lot of great people there. They are also doing a lot of rennovations to their facilities which will be ready by 2016. Duke really showed me that it's about making a long term decision. What will be there for me after college."

Moving forward Hill says he's thinking about attending various junior days and then camps at the various programs. On those visits he'll continue to evaluate the schools and the people who make up the football programs.

"It's really about being comfortable with them all and finding out what the coaches are all about. I'm not worried about playing time really. If I am not ready to play as a freshman, that's OK as long as I enjoy the people I'm with."

Hill indicates he'd like to pursue a degree in engineering.

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