Alden Hill Talks Michigan to GBW

The running back/fullback prospect from the Buckeye State came through Michigan's annual summer camp and put on a performance that earned him a Maize and Blue offer as a fullback. GoBlueWolverine caught up with the rising senior on his new offer, his feelings on Michigan and his new top five.

Alden Hill is a bruising 6'1" 220 pound running back and fullback combo from Marlington High School in Alliance (OH). He has collected a number of FBS offers over these past few months, though he's starting to rise into the major league offers.

"On the field, I'm a hardnosed football player," Hill told GoBlueWolverine. "I like to get the ball and run it hard. A lot of the coaches compare me to Adrian Peterson. A powerful runner who breaks tackles and who actually has some speed behind it too, like a 4.6 or 4.5. I'm 220, 6'1" back with the speed to pound the ball."

One of those major league offers just came through today, as the Michigan Wolverines threw their name in his recruiting hat after a strong performance by Hill at the Wolverines' annual summer camp.

"Actually, they just offered me. I just got off the phone with Coach Hoke and they offered me a scholarship as a running back. A running back and fullback mix, someone that can block and blow up the iso and get back and carry the ball, so they don't have to switch from a two-back to a one-back, someone who can do both. They want someone who can do all of it."

The Wolverines weren't the only other top program to jump in the ring today, or earlier for Hill's services.

"I just got off the phone with the Iowa coach too, and they just offered me a scholarship. I have Illinois, Vanderbilt, Boston College, UConn, Northwestern, I think Michigan State could be close. I don't know how they're doing that yet. I have 13 altogether, and it's 15 now with Michigan and Iowa, I believe."

The Wolverines and Hawkeye's offers certainly added much excitement and a new thought process for the Buckeye State prospect.

"That puts me up on another playing field. This is my fourth Big Ten offer. That keeps me strong in the recruiting process and builds my reputation. Also, it gives me more choices at a place that loves pounding the ball and that's a place I feel I would fit best in. It puts me on the map, and getting recognition with schools that do want to pound the ball, and gives me a wider range of options."

The Wolverines offer especially was well received by Hill who got to spend a hefty amount of one on one time with the coaches during camp and on the phone after his performance.

"I like them," Hill said of the Wolverines. "I like the staff. I like Coach Jackson. I got to spend a lot of time with him on the field during the camp. I got to sit in his office during lunch time and talk about the scheme and the offense and what my role on the team would be if I committed, and what my role would be in everyday life. I got to sit down and talk to Coach Hoke in his office and on the phone. I really like them. I feel like Coach Hoke knows what he's doing and he's got a great feel of what he wants to accomplish as head coach. That's a big part of it. Make sure that everyone on the staff are on the same page. That's something true with Michigan and that's something I respect as well."

The Wolverines may have offered just in time, as a narrowing process could come soon, but the offer and camp experience have vaulted the Maize and Blue into Hill's new top five.

"After I get done with all these camps I want to narrow it down to maybe two or three and then make my decision from there. Right now my top five is Illinois, Boston College, Vanderbilt, and now I have got to put Michigan and Iowa in there too."

While Michigan has done enough to get in the top five, they will have to put in some work to catch up to a Big Ten foe, who holds a lean with Hill.

"All of them are equal except for Illinois. I'm feeling really good about Illinois right now, but that's right now and things can change. I'm leaning towards them right now, and I took a visit, so I really like Illinois. But you know, I haven't had time to put things into perspective, because once they start rolling in, they roll in. Iowa and Michigan just coming in right now, that's a big deal, and there are things I have to shift back. I'm kind of still in shock and I haven't really had a chance to sit down and think about that. Things could change. I was on the phone two days ago with interviewers and recruiters asking for my top five and I've changed about three teams in there so far."

"So things could change in two more days."

But the Wolverines will have time to do that work, as it seems that a decision could be a bit longer than a snap decision.

"I've been telling everyone sometime in my football season, in the early or mid football season and I should have a good idea of where I'm going to commit to, but at the same time I want to take my time and not rush. I believe if you're going somewhere for four years, you don't want it to be just the right fit, you want it to be perfect. I'm going in there thinking this is a job. If you go to a job every day for four years you want to get your best potential out of it and the success you need out of it. You want to go somewhere you enjoy and that's kind of how I'm looking at this right now. If things change with the process, as I go through this I should have a basic idea of what I want."

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine in the coming weeks and months for more on Hill.

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