JUCO Fullback likes Canes

El Camino fullback Patrick Hill received a visit from running back coach Tommie Robinson this week. Read the latest on the JUCO sleeper.

Even though his season ended early, El Camino Junior College fullback Patrick Hill has a lot to look forward to. He is a candidate for a spring enrollment and is garnering interest from a host of major college programs. And at the top of the list is University of Miami.

"I am highly interested in Miami. I hope I get an offer. From what I get, (Head Coach Randy) Shannon wants what I am, just a kid who loves football and is respectable."

On Monday, he was visited by the Hurricanes running back coach Tommie Robinson.

"When Coach Robinson came, he convinced me. I want to be apart of the tradition of the program and get the highest potential education."

Robinson spent time with Hill and his parents and arranged his first visit to the University on the weekend of December 14-16.

His biography at elcofootball.com describes Hill as a "violent lead blocker" and a "physical runner that is hard to bring down." He is also credited with being one of the strongest and most physical players on to potentially every play at El Camino.

Hill tips the scales at 5-foot-11 weighing 248 pounds and runs a 4.67 in the 40-yard dash.

"I bring to the table a little bit of everything. I'm an excellent blocker, I run for tough yardage, I block on kick off return. I can do it all, as long as I help out."

El Camino Junior College finished the season 8-2 with a 4-0 American Division record.

"We fell short in the first round of the playoffs this year, but I'm doing real good."

Despite falling short in the playoffs in 44-43 to Moorpark, the team was honored with a lot of hardware to the tune of post-season awards.

Hill was named to 2nd All-Mission Conference Team at fullback. He finished the season with 55 carries for 269 yards and 5 touchdowns while leading the way for the top rated junior college running back by JCFootball, sophomore Tavares Pressley. The Florida State commit ran for 832 yards on 99 carries (8.4 ypc) and 11 touchdowns on the season.

Despite the accolades, Hill doesn't expect anything to be handed to him.

"I know I will have to fight for a job during the spring. I already understand that, I just want a fair shot."

Hill played his 2006 season with a familiar face to Hurricane fans. His former team mate is current Miami wide receiver Kayne Farquharson.

"Kayne is a good guy. He called earlier in the year and asked how things are going. All of the Florida guys are telling me it is a great place and experience. I want that opportunity. I've been a Canes fan for a long time."

He is currently being recruited by Texas A&M, Louisville, Rutgers, Colorado, and FIU. He took his official visit to College Station in October.

"It was pretty cool. I liked the situation, but with the coaching change, I don't know how it going to be. But, it was an excellent experience. It was the first time seeing division 1 football. It was a different experience."

Hill is a kinesiology major and has his finals coming up in a week. He says that "everything is going great. I just have to handle my business and take my tests and I'll be ready for the spring."

Hill has falls under the three-to-play-two rule, which allows for a potential red shirt season.


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