Hill Reflects on U-M Offer, Recruitment

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech junior CB LaVert Hill talks about his Michigan visits, how he got his offer from the Wolverines and more.

These past two months have been an exciting time for Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech junior cornerback LaVert Hill. Like all great recruiting stories, he went from being a relatively unknown prospect with no offers -- to now he holds eight -- including notable offers from Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State among others.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” Hill said of offer list. “It’s all come at me so fast, so I don’t know [what to think].”

One of Hill’s latest offers came from the Wolverines, when he talked to the coaching staff last week for a routine phone call.

“I had called [U-M assistant Chris Singletary] to check up with him,” Hill recalled. “I was just checking up on him and seeing if everything was good. He was like, ‘hold on, I got somebody who would like to talk with you.’ [U-M coach] Brady Hoke was on the phone. He was like, ‘I saw you was working hard,’ and offered me.”

Hill has an older brother, Delano Hill, who also plays for the Wolverines. Hill said the two of them have talked about the offer from U-M, and Delano is already doing his best to get him join him in Ann Arbor.

“He’s happy for me,” Hill said. “He told me I just come down here and visit again. And just like, ‘I wish we could play together.’”

Like many other top recruits, Hill was in attendance for Michigan’s annual recruiting showcase, The Barbecue at the Big House on Sunday.

“It was pretty cool,” Hill said on his barbecue experience. “ I got in touch with the coaches and got to meet other players and see their aspect on Michigan, and talk to the ones committed already.”

The visit also gave Hill an opportunity to catch up with the coaching staff.

“They talked about their defense they run and stuff in general,” Hill said. “Some stuff I know, like the tradition of Michigan. Really, they just talk to me about committing and stuff like that.”

After his offer and latest trip to Ann Arbor, where do the Wolverines stand in Hill’s recruitment?

“I don’t really have a favorite right now,” Hill said. “I’m just enjoying the process right now.”

Ohio State offered Hill earlier this month, the four-star prospect recalled on he got offered from the Buckeyes.

“It was after Friday Night Lights,” Hill said on his offer from the Buckeyes. “I was pretty excited when [OSU assistant coach Kerry Coombs] told me that they would like to offer me. It was a pretty big thing.”

Hill also recalled his offer from Penn State.

“It was after their camp,” Hill said on his PSU offer. “Then they offered me a scholarship. I was pretty excited about that too. That is really a good school.”

In the meantime, Hill says he is done taking visits and is getting ready for his junior season at Cass.

“Just being a playmaker,” Hill said. “Making plays on the field. Winning a state championship.”

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