Coach Spotlight: Alfy Hill

The latest University of Alabama commitment hails from the town of Shallotte, NC in Brunswick County, located in the Wilmington area. Alfy Hill of West Brunswick High School announced his decision September 9th. His head coach, Jimmy Fletcher, said major interest didn't start until after Hill's junior season, which saw him record 112 tackles, 15 for loss, 12 sacks, and four blocked punts.

"He really grew up last season," said Fletcher of Alfy Hill. "He looked OK in practice heading into the season, but in our first three games he was just phenomenal. That's around the time people started to notice him. At the time, he wasn't heavily recruited. Then after the season we sent tapes out to various services, and it was amazing the amount of interest that he's received."

Offers came in from all of the in-state schools (UNC, N.C. State, East Carolina, Duke) as well as national powerhouses such as Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, etc.

The big 6-foot-4, 248 lb. linebacker, who also plays tight end for Coach Fletcher, decided to commit and go out-of-state to play for Sal Sunseri and Nick Saban at Alabama. To have that kind of a list to choose from is very impressive considering last season was Hill's first true year of high school football.

"His first year was as a freshman, and he was decent, but fantastic he was not," Fletcher said. "Then he was sidelined all of his sophomore year with an injury. During a workout in the spring, he broke his wrist on a weight power cling. At first we thought he just be out for three weeks, but it was healing right and the doctor decided he needed surgery to put a screw in. After the surgery, the doctor just said 'no' and he wasn't cleared to play."

Then came the stand-out junior season where Hill was awarded 1st team All-Conference, 1st team All-Region, and 1st team All-County.

"His biggest asset is his speed," Fletcher explained.

Fletcher also reported of Hill clocked in the 40 at both times of 4.52 and 4.49, excellent for a man of Hill's size.

"Being that last season was just his first full year, every snap he gets, he gets better. Alfy needs to continue to learn the game and to play it using his speed," Fletcher added.

Hill has played well in West Brunswick's first three games of the 2009 season. In the first game, West Brunswick suffered a heartbreaking 21-17 defeat at the hands of Socastee High School. Hill had nine tackles (eight unassisted). The team has reeled off two straight wins since.

Hill had seven tackles in the second game against South Brunswick (four unassisted), and six tackles (four unassisted) in the game with Laney Hill and a sack, blocked a punt, and recovered two fumbles.

"He's played well so far," said Fletcher. "A lot of teams are checking away from him, but I think we've done a good job of moving him around. We talked about his senior season before it started, and we both agreed we want to see big things from Alfy. I think he has the ability to dominate a game by himself."

Coach Fletcher has seen Hill grow up both on-and-off the playing field.

"Alfy's a great kid," says Fletcher. "He has really grown up and realized what's important. He's very likeable and disciplined in reaching his goals. In his first couple of years at high school he was a little lazy and got behind in his school work, but he's been working real hard in the classroom to be where he needs to be."

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