Tom Wilcher coaches a batch of Division I football players every fall. He knows the recruiting ropes and guides his players accordingly.
The patriarch of the Detroit Cass Tech program looks out for his young men, which doesn't always please college coaches. He understands but won't change.
"The most important thing for these kids to do right now is take visits," Wilcher said. "They aren't sure about what's going on. There's a lot of uncertainty.
"When all the dust clears and flies, colleges start scrambling now to get people. Kids jump ship at the last minute. I think they need to be sure with what they're going to do."
While still an Iowa commitment, Hill is looking around. He's considering a visit to the Steel City. Notre Dame invited him to visit, Wicher said.
"I don't know if he is going to take any visits to Pittsburgh," Wilcher said. "There are a lot of schools coming at him right now - LSU, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pittsburgh - but he's staying (leaning) towards Iowa.
"He does want to take visits. But I told him if he's committed, he's committed."
It sounds like Hill might decommit from the Hawkeyes if he takes more visits. Maybe not. Wilcher does respect Iowa and wants to shoot the school straight information but things aren't always black and white in recruiting.
"The program is going through a spell, but hopefully they'll come out of it and things will happen the right way for them," Wilcher said of Iowa. "Normally, Iowa has always been a good program. They know how to work with less talent. I just hope they get some breaks and be able to bounce right back."
Wilcher thinks Hill will end up at Iowa as long as he continues to hear positive things about the program from Lile and Taylor.
"He's got teammates there," Wilcher said. "As long as his teammates are telling him good things, I think he might be staying there (with the verbal commitment)."
Wilcher said he's spoken with the Iowa coaches about Hill's current indecision.
"Yeah, I talked to them," the Cass Coach said. "They're alright."
Lile was expected to contribute at Iowa this year as a safety. He tore a knee ligament in the preseason. His healthy return could help the Hawkeyes rebound in '13.
"I just talked to Ruben today," Wilcher said. "He's fine. He's doing great. Hopefully he gets a chance to participate in spring ball. If not, he'll get a chance to participate in the fall. He's looking pretty good."