Hill Competing For State Title

Brandon Hill has a competitive nature. The West Lowndes product is not one to simply sit around waiting on spring practice to start in order to get himself in the groove again. Hill has been preparing and competing for the chance at a state powerlifting title. Brandon recently earned an invite to the state meet in Jackson.

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"I had three meets at Calhoun City," said Brandon. "I had to qualify in the top three in the last meet and I did. The championsip is next month on the 4th."

Hill is no stranger to the state championship meet, but a less than enjoyable experience last time has stuck with him.

"I went last year. This is my second year attending," said Brandon. "I got put out last year due to a technicality. They said I didn't go low enough in my squats, but I did. The tape said I did, but by that time the meet was over. The judges always have the last word, so there wasn't nothing I could do."

Not one to sulk, Hill used the experience as motivation to get back to state and make it count this time.

"It's been in the back of my mind since then," said Brandon. "I am really motivated now. In my last meet I pushed 275, I squatted 400 and I deadlifted 500. I have a really good chance of winning state this year if I go hard. I have to make sure all of my lifts count this year."

Once the powerlifting season is over, Brandon will wear his school colors in yet another sport.

"I run track too," said Hill. "Our powerlifting coach is our track coach too, so we haven't got started in that yet."

In just a few short days, Brandon and his teammates will be back on the girdiron preparing for the 2009 football season.

"We are supposed to start spring football when we get back from spring break," said Brandon. "I am looking forward to getting out there and running some pass routes. I like competing against my teammates. I am ready to see what we have this year and see what we are working with this year. We are going to work hard this summer."

Hill committed to Mississippi State a few weeks back and he reports that he makes an effort to stay in touch with the Bulldog coaching staff.

"I try to call the coaches at least once a week," said Brandon. "We talk about me coming to the spring practices and the spring game. It's not far for me, it's easy to catch a ride out there."

Despite his committed status, a pair of SEC Western Division schools have increased their level of interest in the talented Hill.

"Arkansas and Ole Miss have stepped up their game the most," said Brandon. "It doesn't really make any difference to me. I am committed to Mississippi State. My family keeps congratulating me and telling me to keep my head on straight and stay in those books. They are real happy for me."

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