Chicago O-Line Giant High on MSU

Although he is a Fighting Illini verbal, Leon Hill is serious about the recruiting game. Just how good of a shot does MSU have at wrestling this talented O-line prospect out of the Land of Lincoln? Click through for his thoughts on the Spartans, what factors will weigh on his final decision and more . . .

To fill out its 2009 recruiting class, Michigan State is looking to compliment their pack of highly regarded skill position verbals with top-shelf linemen.

That's why what 4-star offensive lineman Leon Hill has to say is so encouraging to fanatics of the Green and White.

"I think Michigan State has a good program and I see that they're building a team, too," he says. "I think there's like 5 or 6 committments. I see that they're doing a really good job over there."

Although the Chicago prospect from Leo Catholic High School has already verbaled to Illinois, along with good friend and teammate Lendell Buckner, Hill says he's keeping his options open, and the Illini support his curiosity.

"They say I should take my visits and go through the recruiting process," he says.

Why does MSU appeal to the 6-foot-5, 320-pound+ man-child?

"Michigan State has always been one of my top favorites because I always keep in touch with coach Dan Roushar," he says. "He's a real down-to-earth kind of guy. He's best friends with my O-line coach that we have at Leo High School.

"I have a nice close relationship with coach Roushar and he's really a good guy. I got a chance to see him coach last year -- I went down there in the spring so I got a chance to see how good he was with the players."

When it comes to his game as an interior lineman, just what is it that college coaches see in Hill?

"Just now I've started to develop," he says. "Everybody tells me that I have good technique but I have to get the body working. Now I'm starting to get the body working.

"I spend a lot of time in the weight room," he continues. " Me and Lindell, we lift every day."

Hill reports a max bench press of 330 and a squat of 555.

Next season on the gridiron, along with his good buddy Buckner, Hill expects to accomplish great things his senior year.

"I think we should be dominant," he says. "I don't think we should lose a game next year. I think we should win the state."

Leon Hill Thinking MSU

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