A few short weeks ago Delano Hill was all set to become an Iowa Hawkeye. He hadn’t had anything close to a serious thought about another school until Michigan abruptly entered the mix with an offer four days ago.
“I never really considered them before,” admitted Hill. “I hadn’t been up there like that. It was a surprise. They said they were going to offer me and they wanted me to play corner because that was one of the spots that needed improvement. “
Hill’s lack of familiarity with the Maize & Blue made getting up to campus for a visit a top priority. He ventured up to Michigan Friday for practice and wound up continuing that unofficial visit the next day. In less than 24 hours he had seen all he needed to in order to determine that Michigan is the place he wants to spend his collegiate future.
“I just had to see how it was up there, and once I did (the feeling) just kind of came over me,” the four-star defensive back said. “Then I just knew what to do. I think it was just a better fit for me academically and athletically. And having teammates there… it’s always good to see some of the guys that you played with before… to know some of the guys you’re going to play in college with. That was another factor.”
For Michigan a big factor was clearly the determination that the 6-1, 190-pounder can also play corner. According to Hill, it’s not a position that is as foreign to him as some might think.
“At Cass Tech we play a lot of man to man coverage, so our safeties have to cover,” he explained. “So (the safeties) cover the slot a lot. And I’ve played corner. I try to be versatile and play every position in the defensive backfield. (Michigan) said I can play both, but they are going to start me off at corner.”
Now that his recruitment has reached a firm conclusion, Hill’s athletic focus has shifted to the track.
“I’m going to start indoor track in the next couple of weeks, he said. “Then I’m going to do outdoor track too. I run the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x200.”
Hill’s track exploits are every bit as impressive as those he exhibited on the football field. As a matter of fact, Cass Tech headman Thomas Wilcher touts Hill as the fastest player he fielded last year. That explains soft-spoken youngster laughingly bristled at the notion that he might lose a race with fellow future Wolverine, Jourdan Lewis.
“Oh that’s me,” responded Hill when asked who would be victorious. “It’s no doubt. (My fastest time) in the 100m is like a 10.4. In the 200 it’s like a 21.”
Fortunately for Cass and soon for Michigan, it doesn’t really matter. All of that speed suits up for the same team.