When it comes to the chatter that has surrounded his recruitment process in recent months, Jeremy Hill wants to make one thing clear.
“I’m just out here trying to have fun and take advantage of an experience that not many people get to have,” Hill said. “The visits and all that stuff, it’s just a Baton Rouge kid wanting to get out and see other things. I’m going to be here in college for another four years after I graduate from Redemptorist, so why not see some other places while I can?”
This past weekend Hill visited Alabama as they hosted Penn State. Though a late arrival to campus put him behind on his visit schedule, the nation’s No. 17 ranked running back enjoyed the game atmosphere that came with the Tide’s win.
“It was good to see another SEC stadium really rocking,” Hill said. “It was a pretty good time. They were loud, but not like LSU fans. But they did just add to the stadium, so now they’re going to have even more people in there.”
One day Hill will play in Bryant-Denny Stadium, only as a member of the opposing side. As he has stated since he became the first commitment to the 2011 class, Hill is all LSU.
“There’s still no doubts in my mind,” he said. “I will be over in Tiger Stadium this weekend for the Mississippi State game, and I know a lot of the committed guys want to be able to make all the home games. Anytime we can cut up together and help recruit the remaining guys, I will be there.”
Outside of LSU games, Hill only has one other trip planned.
Faced up against Patterson running back and fellow commitment Kenny Hilliard on Friday night, Hill ran wild in front of a national television audience to the tune of 284 yards and four touchdowns. With the performance, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder hopes he silenced critics that felt he wasn’t destined to play running back at the college level.
“People kind of talked my game down and said I was too big to play running back at LSU, so I worked hard in the offseason to make sure my game was sharp all the way around,” Hill said. “From December to August I worked solely on receiving routes. I didn’t even run the ball until we got back to camp. I felt like I showed the total package against Patterson.”
On Sunday Hill returned from Alabama to watch LSU.
“I had it recorded on my television, so I caught it from start to finish,” he said. “I was impressed with how they really pounded the ball when they had to pull away. They also gave some of the freshmen (Spencer Ware and Alfred Blue) touches, and I really liked that. It gives me hope that I can come in next season and do the same thing.”