It’s a sensitive subject, the Paramus Catholic-Don Bosco (Ramsey City, N.J.) showdown. Especially if you’re on the Don Bosco end, the recipients of an agonizing upset during the 2014 campaign.
But Bosco cornerback Tyrone Hill wasn’t too upset following the defeat, even though his team lost its No. 1 ranking. After all, the 6-foot, 185-pounder balled out a la Darrelle Revis, breaking up three passes while allowing zero multi-yard completions on his side of the field.
“That was the game where I proved myself, where I proved what I could do at the highest level,” said Hill, who holds offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Navy, Pitt, Buffalo and others. “I had like three breakups that game, and I didn’t allow any completions. At that point, I knew i could compete at the highest levels [of college football].”
Soon thereafter, the Division I scholarships began rolling in. First there was Buffalo, Army, Navy and ODU. But after that, Maryland area recruiter Keith Dudzinski identified Hill as an FBS talent too.
Terps head coach Randy Edsall eventually felt the same way, extending the offer in late March, 2015, following a junior day.
“Maryland has been on me as long as any big [program]. Coach Dudzinski has known me for so long, and the rest of the coaches I’m comfortable with too,” said Hill, who committed to UMD June 24. “So, really, I just needed to check out some other things, but I was always highest on Maryland. I visited there about four times, and I loved the atmosphere and was very comfortable there. The facilities are great, and the new facilities are going to be awesome. The academics there are thought highly of, which is great, and the school is only a few hours from home.
“So, when I thought about it all, I was like, ‘It’s time to commit.’”
Hill was last on campus in June for a one-day. He said he had a chance to interact with pledge Dwayne Haskins, along with other current Terrapins and 2016 commits.
“The energy from Dwayne and the guys there, I couldn’t say no to Maryland,” Hill said. “I mean, they’re building something special there. Even though I’m not a local guy, I can feel it. I want to be part of something special. They have that going on at Maryland right now, and I want to join in.”
Hill has had a long rapport with Dudzinski, the Terps' recruiter trekking through his school several times during the evaluation period. Moreover, Hill said he felt like he and UMD’s recruiting coordinator had formed a friendship of sorts, a trust factor between the two.
“Coach Dud is great. I talked to him more than any other coach,” Hill said. “I feel like he’s going to help me a lot, him and Coach Perkins. I feel like they’re going to take care of me there.”
The school’s academics hit home too. Especially to Hill’s mother. Hill said his mom couldn’t say enough about Edsall’s message and the school’s emphasis on education.
“Actually my mom and my dad were all for Maryland,” Hill said. “They loved Coach Edsall, the love the academic aspects and they love how [College Park] is only a couple hours from home. They were on board with me [committing] there.”
Following his pledge, Hill said Edsall and his family were all “really excited.“ Hill said he was glad to have the process over with, so he can concentrate on honing his skills for Big Ten ball.
“Honestly, Maryland is where I wanted to be since they offered,” Hill said. “Now that I’m committed, it’s a relief, and it’s time to get better. I feel like I can press and jam receivers now, but there’s still plenty I need to work on.”
Hill was born and bred a cornerback. Ever since his father enrolled him in the pewee leagues in North Jersey, he’s been lining up opposite receivers. Hill, of course, doubled as a running back and receiver, but defense is wear he felt most comfortable.
“By the time I got to high school I realized cornerback was my calling. I loved pressing receivers and being physical at the line,” said Hill, who recently ran a 40-yard dash in 4.45-second and recorded 13 breakups last season. “I loved pressing and never backing down, and even today I feel like there’s no receiver who can get by my jam. I’ve trained with the best, and I feel like I’m the best corner out there. I’m very aggressive in coverage, and I never back down.
“I’m not one of those corners who does a lot of talking, but my actions speak for themselves. I’m a humble guy, but just watch the Bosco-Paramus film. I showed [Terps fans] what I can do. I’m going to make big play when I get to [College Park].”
Hill said he idolizes Terps corner Will Likely. He said he’d love to advance to his level one day after working with the Maryland coaches.
“Maryland has produced a lot of great corners, and I feel like I can be one of them,” Hill said. “I can’t wait to get there and show the [Terps] fans what I can do.”
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