When the Florida State football program received its first verbal commitment for the 2008 class Friday of last week, it came as a surprise to many Seminole fans.
As it turns out, it was just as much of a surprise to that particular prospect -- defensive tackle Anthony Hill.
"I wasn't expecting to get an offer from Florida State," Hill told Renegade Report. "I was really shocked by it. To be honest with you, I had other schools that had shown interest in me but I didn't think I had the skills to get offered by a school like FSU.
"I didn't think I could get offered by them in just my junior year."
Hill, a 6-foot-4 and 280-pound defensive tackle from Pensacola, is an underrated defender that wasn't even in the Scout.com database prior to his commitment to the 'Noles.
Despite the fact that his prowess on the gridiron had yet to be noticed by the media, some of the southeast's top programs have been well aware of what Hill can do on the interior of the defensive line.
"Pretty much all the Florida schools have shown interest and Auburn and Alabama," Hill said. "At heart, though, (FSU) was always my number one. It was my team and I didn't have as much physical contact with them as other schools but I have been to games before and I like it there.
"It's always been a dream of mine to play under Coach (Bobby) Bowden and Coach (Mickey) Andrews so when I got an opportunity I had to take it."
That opportunity came last Friday while the Pensacola High standout was in one of his classes.
"My coach had told me a couple of times that FSU liked me and I had always hoped that I could get an offer and when I did I committed right away," Hill said. "Friday, coach called me out of class and told me the good news and that was all I needed to hear."
As many followers of college football recruiting know, a lot can change in a year. But even though Hill has committed to the Garnet and Gold with over 11 months still remaining before National Signing Day next February, he says his allegiance lies firmly with his childhood favorite.
He even plans on making the short drive east to Tallahassee as many times as possible in the near future to get to know his future teammates.
"I am planning on going to as many camps as possible at Florida State and getting over there whenever I can," Hill said. "I want to bond with the guys and get to know the coaches better. I want them to see that I can fit in with them and that I want to be at Florida State."
1st commitment of 2008 is a Seminole at heart
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