Hill, who chose U-M over fellow Big Ten East rivals Michigan State and Penn State, says he made the decision to become a Wolverine at 5:30 a.m. on National Signing Day.
“I prayed on it (Tuesday),” Hill said. “I just woke up the next morning and the song popped up in my head. I started singing it. And I told my mom that’s where I wanted to go. She signed the papers and I faxed them off, and that was it.”
That song, of course, was Michigan’s fight song “The Victors,” Hill says, who noted the chance the play with his brother, senior safety Delano Hill, was too good to pass up.
“I just thought about it a lot,” Hill said. “I have never played with my brother ever on a team before. I just wanted to see what that was like to play with him and J.D. (Jourdan Lewis), and they will teach me a lot my freshman year coming in. Just to have them help me out is pretty good.”
Hill admits he just couldn’t shake the idea of playing and learning from his brother, even if it’s just for one year at Michigan.
“I always bring it up to him and just talk to him about it a lot,” Hill said. “He just told me Michigan is going to do pretty good this season. He was like ‘You want to be a part of it?’ So I was like ‘yeah, I should.’”
Lewis, who was named an AP All-American, had a similar message to Hill.
“We was texting before I went up (to make my announcement),” Hill said of Lewis. “I just told him I made my decision. He was very happy for me. He said ‘he got me up there, he got my back, he’s going to teach me everything there is to know to be an All-American.’ I believe in him.”
The Wolverines’ are coming off an impressive 10-3 record in coach Jim Harbaugh’s first season in Ann Arbor, and Hill says that played a role in his decision.
“In his first year he brought the (best) out of their defense,” Hill said. “Just their record and that last game they played, so it was pretty good.”
Hill took in his final visit to U-M last weekend, which gave him an opportunity to discuss his future plans with defensive coordinator Don Brown.
“I had a visit up there last week,” Hill said. “I had a chance to talked to (Brown) about (my role). He was just telling me about his scheme and stuff like that for like an hour or so. I just fell in love with what he did.”
Adding: “They see me at corner right now. But if I can have the opportunity to play nickel, he’ll work with me at both.”
Now that he’s finally signed, sealed and delivered, Hill says he has one message to Michigan fans.
“Just get ready,” Hill said. “Go Blue!”