It was no secret that plenty of colleges would be looking in Louisiana for the Class of 2011. So, it was important for Les Miles to get a jump start on recruiting before rival programs could invade the state.
So far, he has done just that by landing nine verbal pledges – eight of which are from the Bayou State. The Tigers landed one of their first commitments in Baton Rouge (La.) Redemptorist product Jeremy Hill (6’1 215, 4.6).
Hill pulled the trigger last September and according to the Scout.com four-star prospect, he has not looked back since.
“It’s all LSU right now,” Hill confirmed. “There are still some programs that contact me through letters, but there are no coaches calling me or anything like that. I’m content with my decision, and I’m not worried about other schools.”
Some of the LSU fan base grew concerned when Hill attended junior day at Alabama on Feb. 20; the same day that LSU held a similar event. The standout running back said that those fans have nothing to worry about because that was his only other visit to another campus and he wanted to have something to compare LSU to.
“I’m a Tiger and there’s nothing to worry about,” Hill said.
Being that Hill is a Baton Rouge native, his commitment was expected to crown him the hometown hero. Hill confirmed his support has increased since his early pledge, making his decision even sweeter.
“I’ve been getting a lot more love since I committed,” Hill quipped. “A lot of my friends and just people in Baton Rouge are always asking me about the whole thing.”
The people in his community were not the only ones as the LSU staff has not taken his pledge for granted. Hill said their support has gone a long way as well.
“When I committed, they had Coach [Larry] Porter,” Hill explained. “Then he left for Memphis, and they hired Coach [Frank] Wilson. I remember Coach Wilson was the one who gave me my first offer from Tennessee. It was a great feeling to be offered so early and now he is at LSU, which makes it even better.
“We talk about once or twice a week,” Hill added. “Or we talk whenever I go on campus because sometimes I go and watch practices. I didn’t go to the last junior day, but I will make the spring game in a couple of weeks.”
Hill will be one of several 2011 commitments on hand for the spring game festivities, but he understands that they will not be the only ones. He is ready to showcase all that LSU has to offer to any of the other visiting recruits in attendance.
“I won’t put too much pressure on them,” Hill said of the recruits he might encounter. “I’m going to show them what LSU is like and what it is about. In the end, though, I know they have to choose the best situation for them.”
Hill said that he feels comfortable that he chose the best situation for him but he still has some unfinished business at Redemptorist before he makes his way across town to LSU.
The standout running back’s junior season ended with a loss to Catholic-New Iberia in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state playoffs. The Wolves finished 10-2 on the year and Hill rushed for 1,653 yards on 244 carries – 6.8 yards a carry – with 24 touchdowns.
Hill is looking forward to finishing his high school career with a bang and admits that recruiting will be in the back of his mind in just a few weeks.
“Right now, it’s all LSU,” Hill concluded. “I don’t have any other visits planned. I’m starting to focus on this coming season. I’m really pumped about spring practice too. It starts right after Easter. I know it’s my last year, so I want to finish strong and help out the young guys on my team.”