3 Star OL Waiting For A Duke Call

With signing day beginning to appear on the horizon, many of the nation's top prospects are closing in on the end of their recruiting processes. That includes one of Florida's biggest offensive linemen. After fielding offers for the last 12 months, Javon Hill says he'll have a decision in the next three weeks, so where are the Blue Devils in this one?

"Right now my top five schools are Florida International, South Florida, Central Florida, Tennessee State, and Duke," says Monsignor Pace High standout lineman Javon Hill. "I have been offered by all of those schools. Duke was my first offer, and it came as an 11th grader."

Considered as a three star prospect by Scout.com, Hill will be competing in the annual Dade-Broward All Star game on January 15th, which will give him a chance to field any last minute offers.

"It's a chance to go out there and really showcase my skills and abilities says the 6-foot-4, 315 pounder. But I'm still pretty set on my top five, unless a school like NC State, Florida State, or someone like that offered – then I'd have to think about things pretty hard."

Oh his five choices, Hill says all have indicated that he could come in as a true freshman and compete for playing time, but a redshirt is not out of the question either.

"Right now the plan would be to go in and try to play as a freshman, but I do need to add some strength. I think my field strength is really good, but I need to add more. I can go in the weight room and bench around 330 pounds, but there are guys who can do 400 and up. But when we get on the field I think my quickness and explosion, coupled with my size would really give me the advantage over a guy like that."

While he was considered a project by some programs, Hill spent the last year working at a number of camps to improve his technique. It paid off as he was named to all-area honors as a senior.

"I'm being recruited as a guard and I've learned to really pull on the offensive line. Run blocking is my strength at this point, but I love to pull when we're in pass blocking situations. "

Having already visited Florida International, Hill says he will visit South Florida on January 27th and is looking to visit Central Florida on the 13th. The weekend of the 20th will go to either Duke or Tennessee State, though it would appear the Blue Devils could have a problem.

"I keep calling them and trying to get in touch. They were my first offer and my parents love their academics, but I can't get them to return my phone calls. I'm not really sure what the deal is there."

Speaking of academics, how will that factor into Javon's looming decision?

"I know my parents don't care if I play football in college. This is a decision that's going to impact the rest of my life. Football is the second priority to my mom. For me it's the same thing, but let's be honest this is about football just as much. I mean I'm going to be with these guys for the next four or five years. I need to be comfortable wherever I end up."


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