Canes Lead for Star DB

Ryan Hill is considered by many to be the state's top cornerback prospect. He certainly doesn't lack the confidence to hold that title, either.

"I feel like my competitive edge separates me from the rest of the pack," Hill said. "I strive everyday to be the best. I pray everynight to be blessed with the ability. I work real hard on my footwork and agility. I just feel like I'm the best player on the field everytime out. I want to show people that I'm not only the best DB in the state but also the whole nation."

Hill, who finished his junior season with 53 tackles and four picks, will also play receiver some this season. However, it's on the defensive side of the ball in which his future lies. "I desire to play on both sides of the ball and feel like I'll be able to do it but I know corner's where I'm gonna make the money one day," he said. "That's where my focus is."

The talented cornerback prospect, who carries a 2.4 core GPA and a 17 ACT score, proved to be one of the state's best last season. One of the performances that helped solidify that was his shutting down of Lincoln's Fred Rouse a season ago.

"Oh man, no catches," he said. "He got nothing. I'm ready for the best this year, too. I want the best. Line me up against anyone and I'll take care of my business every time."

Hill, who enjoys working on cars and listening to music in his freetime in addition to playing baseball, went to summer camps at both Florida State and Florida. He planned on attending Miami's camp but the ACT got in the way. He talked about the recruiting process.

"Miami offered me on Wednesday of last week," he said. "Alabama offered last week, UCF did. I'm up to 36 offers or something like that now. I'm averaging about two new offers a week. Miami's definitely in the lead. Then there's USC, Oklahoma, Florida State, and Texas. Florida State has offered too and hopefully USC and Oklahoma will soon. I'm leaning towards Miami right now, though."

The talented senior, who stands 5-11 and 185 pounds, spoke about what draws him towards the Hurricanes.

"It's just my style," he said. "I think I fit in. People tell me that all the time. Our styles are a match. Plus, it's not too big of a college. The focus on school is good. Smaller is sometimes better. There are only 8,000 students so there's more 1-on-1 time for student athletes. Plus, it'll give me a chance to get away from home and make a name for myself somewhere else. What better place than Miami? They have DBs like me and they send a lot of them to the NFL."

Many people wonder if the Canes will be able to steal a top recruit from Tallahassee away from the Noles. Hill was asked that same question.

"I'm real open to leaving," he said. "I've been here for a long time. Florida State is a good school but they don't really fit my like Miami does. I'm really feelin' Miami and they have an edge at this point."

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