Will Hill, Family Decision Made

Scout.com five-star prospect Will Hill has reached a decision. The No. 1 safety in the nation and No. 5 ranked player overall has decided now is the time to make his choice known.

Hill was impressed with his July visit to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights, a trip that laid the foundation for him to become a Florida Gator.

"The reason why I chose Florida is because it is similar to where I came from," Will Hill, Jr. said. "St. Peter's Preparatory is exactly like Florida except for the climate. It's like a big family environment. Everyone is on the same page, and it's a great place to be."

From the beginning of the recruiting process, the Hill family made it clear that this was going to be a family decision. Will and Grace Hill have been with their son every step of the way throughout the recruiting process, and they would have it no other way.

"The important thing was for us to make the decision together," Will Hill, Sr. said. "We are a family and a close-knit family. We laugh together, we watch movies together and we made the decision together. The bottom line is that we wanted to love what he loved. We made sure that he wanted to go to Florida."

"We've decided that he's going to Florida, and we're excited about taking the next step as a family," Grace Hill said. "I already knew where he was going, but I was glad to see him make the decision. I'm just excited for him and for us. I'm just relieved that he has decided. It's going to be a blessing answering the phone and not having so much mail all over the place."

Sitting in the stands last week with future roommate and current commitment cornerback Jeremy Brown from Orlando (Fla.) Boone, Hill could hardly imagine what it would be like running out of the tunnel in The Swamp for game day.

"I'm real excited," Will Hill, Jr. said. "I'm thinking about [running out of that tunnel] right now. I've got to finish my senior year, so this is a little distracting, but I can't wait."

"[The game against Tennessee] was amazing. I didn't expect that. It was the best experience of my life."

The Will Hill File:

Will Hill is one of the most electric high school football players in the country. On the football field, the sky is the limit for the 6-3, 205-pound multi-talented athlete from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Preparatory High School.

Hill was named the offensive player of the year in New Jersey, a year in which he totaled more than 1,700 yards from the running back, quarterback and wide receiver positions. Defensively is where he projects to have the biggest impact at the next level, specifically at the safety spot.

Hill totaled 68 tackles and three interceptions from his free safety position. He has tremendous balance and vision and has the ability to cut on a dime. From his safety spot, he attacks the ball carrier full speed and very rarely misses his target. He is the closest thing to Reggie Nelson in the last five years at the high school level.

Scout.com's Jamie Newberg:

"Hill is very explosive with the ball in his hands and an exceptional kick returner. Hill has very good speed and vision. He has great hips and can change directions well. Defensively, he shows great anticipation, can support the run and shows great range."

Scout.com's Allen Wallace:

"Will Hill is a devastating talent and is arguably the best prospect in this year's class, regardless of position. He shows tremendous quickness, elusiveness and burst for a 6-3, 205 pounder. He plays with great intensity and toughness, which is what I like about him the best: he is a pure football player, an electrifying game breaker. He will immediately impact the Gators as a punt returner and special team's player in my opinion. Hill has got the athletic ability and temperament to help the Gators immediately in the secondary as well, unless they choose to hold him back there and go with more experience early on. Once Hill develops his coverage skills at the collegiate level, he will be a force to be reckoned with for all offenses."

Scout.com's Bob Lichtenfels:

"Besides the fact that Will Hill is a phenomenal athlete, he is versatile. He is the type of player who could play multiple positions on either side of the ball. As a safety, he is essentially the quarterbacks of the defense making sure the schemes are run correctly and that everyone is where they should be."

Hill's high school coach Rich Hansen:

"Will Hill is a flat out special kind of football player. Exceptional football IQ and very savvy. Great leader on and off the field and extremely physical. Will has strong safety size with cover corner skill. Truly a unique player."

FightinGators.com's Larry Vettel:

"The thing that jumps out at you about Will Hill is his incredible combination of size and speed. He could probably play wide receiver or running back. He's also a dynamic kick returner with moves and acceleration you don't see in many guys his size. As a big (6-3) safety, he would give Florida a potential Louis Oliver-type presence in the secondary. To look at him, he reminds me of Deon Grant of Tennessee, but he's much more physical."

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