Hill eyes an opportunity at FSU

Anthony Hill was the first commitment for the 2008 recruiting class at FSU. With his high school years coming to an end this week, Hill has been focusing on training. Since signing day there has been some questions on the exact time Hill will be coming to FSU, whether it be the fall or spring. NoleDigest spoke to Hill to get clarification on that & to see what he's been up to since signing day.

Anthony Hill got the 2008 recruiting class of to a good start when he committed in February of 2007. Anthony plays a position of need at Florida State, and he showed his senior year that he may be a player that can help the team. After coming off a shoulder injury Anthony earned All-State honors his senior season for Pensacola High, reaffirming that he was one of the top defensive linemen in the panhandle last year. After signing day there was some scuttlebutt saying Hill may become a greyshirt candidate, but he says that is not the case. He will be coming to FSU with the rest of his class on June 21st.

"Everything has been going well since I signed. Wednesday is my last day of school, and I am excited about that. I'm done with finals and everything. I've been working really hard and getting ready to come in June. I am excited to get there and get it going."

"I have been in contact with the coaches. They've been telling me that I need to come in and be ready to go. I dropped all that weight and I am up to about 280 now. I've gotten back most of the strength I lost with the weight, so I am just prepared. The coaches want me to come in in-shape because of the depth issues. Everyone has a chance next year to get into the rotation and contribute. I am looking forward to that opportunity."

Last year Anthony was battling the effect of a shoulder injury that he suffered his junior season. He says the shoulder is feeling good and that each day it feels better. Other than looking funny, he says it hasn't stopped him from doing what he needs to do to get ready to play at FSU.

"My shoulder looks kind of weird, but it feels good. I am good to go for next year and I have been able to work out with it pretty well. My range of motion is good and it hasn't hurt much when I am training. Everything with that is good and I am just ready to get back to playing football again."

With the depth issues and the suspensions early on there is a legitimate chance that Hill will be a guy the coaches depend on from game 1. He says that he is coming in ready for that and says he wants to get acclimated to college life as soon as possible.

"I want to get acclimated to the atmosphere as soon as possible and be a guy the coaches' look at as someone who is good and can play. I don't know the details of the suspensions and all that, and it may be a touchy subject, but I am coming in and trying to get some playing time. If I redshirt, that's cool too. But I feel like those first 3 games is an opportunity for us to come in and take someone's position. I think that is a positive thing too because it will make us all more competitive players."

The 2008 class for FSU is a tight knit group, and they all have stayed in contact with each other as they get ready to make the transition to college life. The camaraderie the class has excited Anthony, and he feels it will lead to good things for future of the program.

"I've been trying to talk to everyone that I can. Whether it's on the phone or over the internet I have just been trying to keep contact with my class. I think it is important that we keep trying to get as close as possible before we get onto campus because I think that'll help us on the field. I talk to Nigel Bradham and E.J. Manuel a lot. They just tell me that they've been working hard and are getting ready for next fall. We are all eager to come in and see what we can do. We all are confident that we will get FSU back to where it should be and we all want to win. A lot of us are going to see the field early, so we are ready to go."

Anthony is excited to come to FSU and says that the month off before he gets to Tallahassee he'll put all of his attention to working out. He is a guy that flew under the radar most of last year, but he is a prospect that needs to come in and be ready to go. He says he is in the best shape of his life, and that he is mentally ready to be a steady performer for the Noles in 2008. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Anthony and the rest of the 2008 class as we catch up with them before they get to FSU in June.

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