Hill Excited To Be A Cane

Often times some of the top players get overlooked on the recruiting front. Generally, a good reason for it is because of the lack of success at the high schools they're playing at.

That can't explain why Valdosta, Ga. standout Cedric Hill flew under the recruiting radar for most of the season. Head coach Rick Darlington believes Hill is a real difference maker.

"I spent a lot of time down there (in Florida) and I've seen a lot of good athletes," Darlington said. "Cedric Hill is a great athlete. He's the real deal. His best days are long ahead of him and he's only going to get better as he matures. We're very excited for him and I think he'll do really well."

After catching touchdown passes of 74 and 61 yards in the state semifinal game, Hill finished the year with 24 catches for 574 yards and eight touchdowns.

Hill started getting lots of attention from the UM coaches shortly after the season had ended.

"They started calling me and they seemed real interested," Hill said. "I was real happy because that's Miami, you know. It aint gettin any better than this."

After taking a recruiting trip to UM in late January, Hill received a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes a short time later. It didn't take long before a commitment took place.

"I love it there," he said. "They always have good tight ends and they always play for championships. We won this year so I'm used to that. I definitely could see myself fitting in down there. Plus, with Kellen Winslow leaving, I feel like I can go in there and help compete. I know there's gonna be a lot of competition and that'll make me a better player in the end."

The talented tight end/H-Back hopes to make an impact as quickly as he can at UM.

"My goal is just to work really hard because I know that is what it's gonna take to be able to play with those guys," he said. "I know I can do it, I just need to prove it to everyone. Hopefully I'll be able to graduate and play in the NFL someday."

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