In-State DE Wants To See The Field Early

Alfy Hill (6'4, 245, DE) - a four star defensive end prospect has several schools interested early on in the process. He recently completed a round of visits, including one to Duke.

Alfy Hill, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound four-star defensive end from West Brunswick High School in Shallotte, N.C., says he has over 25 scholarship offers and is still trying to weigh all his options.

"I don't really have any favorites right now," Hill said. "I haven't thought about it much and I've only been to a few schools."

The programs that Hill has already visited are North Carolina State, North Carolina, Duke and East Carolina. All of them have offered as well Tennessee, Michigan, Wake Forest, Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa State, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and several others.

"I want a program where I'll be able to get some playing time early," he said. "I don't have to start right away or anything but I'd at least like to play."

Hill, ranked as the No. 23 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, says that North Carolina and North Carolina State are recruiting him the hardest and if pushed, he would say they are "slight" leaders. "They call my coaches a lot and try to get me to call them," he said. "They keep in touch the most and they've already been by my school too.

"I really like the facilities at North Carolina State," Hill said. "They have all the best equipment and everything you need around the campus and stuff. It's a really nice place.

"I also think their coaches are pretty cool too," he said of the Wolfpack staff.

But he says he also likes the North Carolina coaches as well. "The coaches are great," he said. "They like to joke around with you and have fun. I like how they've got a good friendship with their players."

The Tar Heels are only about two hours from Hill's home and the Wolfpack are two and half hours away. "Distance don't matter," he said.

Hill also attended the Duke Junior Day earlier this year. "You go there and there's blue everywhere," he said. "It's crazy. The fans really love Duke.

"It was actually a little different from the others I've been to," he said. "It seemed like a very laid-back place and not very flashy or anything. The people were all pretty chill."

The final school that Hill had a chance to visit was East Carolina. "I love their colors," Hill said. "Plus the defense is great. I like how they run around and make plays all over the field. I think I'd fit in well with their defense.

"They've been doing pretty good too," he said of the Pirates' recent success. "I think they're still and up-and-coming team."

Hill says that what makes it even more difficult to narrow down his list is that he never followed a specific school. "I watched everybody," he said. "There wasn't like one school that I loved."

With so many options Hill says he'd like to visit a few more school before starting to narrow things down. "I plan on taking a few visits this summer," he said. "But I don't know where yet. I haven't decided all that."

One possibility is Tennessee. "I've talked to (quarterbacks) coach David Reaves and he seems nice," Hill said. "I really like what they are doing there. I love how they got a bunch of NFL coaches and are recruiting all the best players."

The latest school to offer Hill was Michigan, and he admits he was surprised that the Wolverines were recruiting him. "I wasn't really hearing from them," he said. "When I got the offer I was surprised. I haven't talked to the coaches or anything yet. I don't really know anything about them."

Hill finished his junior season with 112 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and four blocked punts. "I recognize plays well," he said. "I'm quick and elusive.

"I have good speed and am a good pass rusher," he said. "But I want to get stronger and work on my upper body. I'm pretty physical but I want to push off blockers better."

He says he can bench 260-pounds, squat 450 and has a 33-inch vertical jump.

Hill reports a 2.8 core GPA and took the SAT on May 2.


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