Alex Hill Chooses Duke

Fresh off returning home to Slidell, 6'4, 315lbs Alex Hill had a decision to make. He had been offered a scholarship by head coach David Cutcliffe less than 24 hours ago. After taking some time to speak to his parents, he became Duke's latest commitment.

"I had been waiting for [Duke] to offer me, and I had always planned to make a pretty quick decision if that was going to happen," said Alex Hill. "But I wanted to make sure it was the right choice for me. So I came back and talked it over, but in the end I knew it was what I wanted."

Hill, who chose Duke over offers from Illinois, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana Tech, and New Mexico, is a three year starter on the varsity football team. He's played guard and center, and even spent some time on the defensive line. Such versatility is thanks to a high level of athleticism that is reflected in the traditional measuring events.

Hill says he can bench 360-pounds, squat 500 and has a 24-inch vertical jump.

Of course there is also his drive to improve and a bit of nasty streak that flares when he steps between the lines.

"I'm quick for my size and I can get to the secondary. I can finish pretty well, but that's what I've been working on the most. I just want to destroy the lineman and my finishing is getting better."

Hill, a one time soft-verbal to New Mexico, says he's ready to enjoy the last half of his senior season before heading to Durham this summer.

"Honestly it's a relief to have this behind me. Towards the end the decision and the process in general was getting to be something I had to deal with every day. I'm glad to have it over with and I'm excited to get to Duke."

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