Official Visit A Success For Kyle Hill

Though he committed to the Blue Devils several months ago, Florida offensive lineman Kyle Hill still had some small questions regarding the next few years he'll be spending in Durham. Over the weekend he had them all answered as he made his official visit.

"The whole trip was just an amazing experience, and something I'll always remember," said Boone High standout Kyle Hill. "The campus was really beautiful and the players' attitude towards an incoming player was really great. I know I made a really great decision."

Hill, who measures out at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, projects to play along the offensive line throughout his collegiate career, though there could be a few wrinkles in exactly where.

"I talked to the coaching staff and they aren't sure where I'll play right now. I'm around 6'6 and 260 pounds, and have played tackle for my high school team, but they are saying I'll could see time as a tight end kind of thing around the goal line too. I am going to redshirt next season though, the coaches asked what I wanted to do in terms of that, and I definitely want to spend next year adding weight and getting stronger."

In fact most of the incoming freshman class will be redshirtting, something that head coach Ted Roof has worked hard to maintain. Hill, for one, sees the wisdom in that decision after spending time with his host, Jeffrey Cowart.

"He told me to really put in the time between now and the summer - especially in the weight room. He said the speed of the game and the overall strength of the players is something that takes a lot of getting used to. You have to really work hard to be comfortable playing against older players who are bigger and stronger than you are used to playing in high school."

Accompanying Kyle on his visit were his parents and his twin brother. All of whom were "blown away" by the entire visit. One of the more memorable experiences was the chance to attend Cameron Indoor Stadium where the basketball Blue Devils defeated George Mason.

"That was really neat to see," said Hill of the game. "I had never been to a college basketball game, and to be four rows from the floor among the different students and seeing how Crazy it gets in there - that is something you won't ever forget."

Primarily recruited by assistant Glenn Spencer, Hill chose Duke over a healthy offer sheet that included North Carolina State, Northwestern, Cincinatti, and East Carolina. During his visit, however, Hill didn't have much down time to chat with Spencer.

"We were really busy the entire time we were there. I spent most of my time with the offensive line coach, Coach Strollo. I also had a chance to talk to Coach Roof this morning before I left. We talked about the visit and how excited he wanted me to be throughout my remaining time in school. He asked my opinions on everything and wanted to make sure I had everything answered for me."

Attending the three day camp at Duke in mid-June, Hill measured out at 6'6 and 260 pounds. He put up 225 pounds on the bench 10 times, and had a vertical jump of 28.5. His shuttle run time of 4.9 seconds was among the best for offensive linemen.


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