Virginia D-Lineman Knows All About Maryland

Will Hill is one of the more mature-sounding recruits we've spoken with recently, answering every question in a measured, sensible fashion. So it's no surprise the standout defensive end from Lafayette, Va., is taking his time choosing a school.


Hill, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior, has offers from Maryland, Tennessee, Penn State, Connecticut, Duke, South Carolina and Virginia, among others. He's taken one official visit, to Tennessee, and a pair of unofficials to UVA and Duke. He hasn't scheduled any further officials yet.

"I want to get to Penn State, maybe South Carolina, maybe Maryland, maybe UConn," Hill said. "I really don't know. Right now, it's a toss up."
Hill, who as a junior at Williamsburg High (Va.) has been to Maryland on numerous occasions and knows all about the school, the program and the coaching staff.

"I went up there for the junior day and for the spring game. I've been out there quite a bit," said Hill, who in seven games this year has roughly eight sacks and 50 tackles. "It's a good school, a good campus and has the things I'm interested in.

"I like coach Sollazzo, my position coach, and coach Brattan., who is recruiting me. He's a good guy. I've also gotten to speak to coach Friedgen and he's a good guy too," he said. "It's a good program. They're building toward an ACC championship every year and they consistently produce NFL players. There are lots of great opportunities around the D.C.-Baltimore area in terms of internships and jobs. Everything is right there. You're also going to be on TV every week, whether it's Comcast or ESPN."

It's safe to say Hill is doing his homework not only in the classroom – he's a strong student who'd like to major in Biology ("But you might go in with one thing and come out with another," he said) – but also in terms of choosing a college.

When asked to summarize his game, he describes himself as an old-school defensive end, a powerful run-stopper who is developing his pass-rushing skills. With his size and strength, there is the possibility he could become a defensive tackle in college.

"A tough player, I can run pretty well, my work ethic, I'm a smart guy, I love the game, I just really get after it every time. A lot of things. A well-rounded player," he said.

Hill would like to make his decision in early December at the latest, but isn't concerned that the recruiting classes at Maryland or any other school are filling quickly.

"A lot of the classes are filling up with everybody committing early. If that's what they want to do, that's fine. I'm still getting the vibe from [Maryland] that I'm a guy they really want."

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