Hill played his high school ball at Starkville HS before finishing up at Mt Zion Christian Academy in Durham NC. As a junior he averaged 23 points, seven assists and 5 rebounds and was named to The Clarion Ledger's Honorable Mention All-State team two times.
Jarvis was highly recruited out of high school as he held offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Auburn, Southern Mississippi, Murray State, Tulane, and Mississippi State. Hill committed early to UT but withdrew that commitment for Auburn before finally signing on the dotted line with SMiss.
Hill saw action in 31 games as a golden eagle, averaging 7pts and 2 rebounds a game before moving on to East Mississippi.