DETROIT – In just one week -- on National Signing Day 2016 -- Detroit (Mich.) King standout LaVert Hill will announce his college decision in front of family, friends and classmates in Kings auditorium.
A decision he hasn’t taken lightly.
And all three schools have been recruiting Hill throughout his high school career, and just recently he took in an official visit to MSU this past weekend.
“It was a pretty good visit,” Hill said of his official visit to MSU. “Just getting talking to the coaches and some of the players, like talking to (former King teammate) Donnie (Corley). And my mom, she liked it pretty good. So it was a good visit overall.”
Now that he he’s had a chance to soak in another visit to East Lansing, Mich., Hill says he’s content with his knowledge of MSU’s program.
“I really know everything about (MSU),” Hill said. “Just having a good relationship with them, that’s a pretty good thing far as recruiting (me).”
During his trip he was even told a certain message by MSU’s recruiting coordinator, Curtis Blackwell, who used to coach Hill on his 7on7 travel football team in Detroit.
“Just talking to him, cause I had played (Detroit) Max-ex too,” Hill said of his talk with Blackwell. “Just talking to him he told me ‘he got my back’ if I go there.”
Michigan pit stop
On his way home from Michigan State, Hill made a quick stop in Ann Arbor, Mich., to chill with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, U-M players and other Wolverine recruits to watch NFL playoff football.
“Well, I had watched the game with coach Harbaugh, Rashan Gary, Jordan Fuller, my bother (Delano Hill), J.D. (Jourdan Lewis), we had watched the NFL game that was gong on,” Hill said. “So just kickin’ it with them, it was pretty good.”
Adding: “It was a pretty good trip. (Harbaugh) was pretty energetic during the game and stuff like that. It was pretty good overall.”
Also, Hill pointed out the message from his brother, Delano, and Lewis, who both gave their thoughts on why he should come to Michigan.
“They just told me (to choose) the best (school) whatever fits me,” Hill said. “But they would like if I went to Michigan.”
Is Hill’s brother, Delano, pushing the fact that they can play together next season at U-M?
“If I got there this would be the first time playing with my brother – ever,” Hill said of conversation with his brother. “So he talk to me like that sometimes. “
And Lewis gave Hill a “business” message.
“He just told me it’s a business,” Hill said of his talk with Lewis. “So you just got to go out there and ball out and get this money. He just told me this might be the best fit for me. As you see, they are pro coaches, they will help you develop and go to the NFL.”
Making his final decision
When it’s all said and done, Hill says he will be looking for certain deciding factors when he picks his school next Wednesday.
“Just a relationship with the coaches, just winning, just who is going to develop you, really,” Hill said. “Like going to the NFL and stuff like that.”
Lastly, even if Hill talk’s over his decision with mom the night before signing day, don’t expect him to have answer till Wednesday morning, he says.
“I’m going to talk to her the night before,” Hill said. “But when I wake up (on Wednesday), its’ just wherever I decide to go.”
On Feb. 3, we’ll all find out.