Recruiting fans from across the country have been wondering why one of the nation's top talents has not been heard from more frequently thus far this year. St. Peter's Prep standout Will Hill has been garnering major attention from the power programs since last summer. Why then has the surefire five-star prospect been relatively quiet? The answer is, it's by design. His parents have stressed to him the importance of staying humble and continuing to work hard. To help further than goal, Hill's parents only grant interviews to a select few.
“He needs to stay focused, and hearing people tell him how good he is all the time is not good for him or other kids," Hill's father explained. "A lot of times this attention stops kids from continuing to work hard and stay humble. I think that is bad for the kid. My son is not going to be doing all of these interviews with all of these people calling him.”
When it comes to the younger Hill's opinion on the matter, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. He has been working hard in the classroom all year, and has focused on football conditioning since his season ended. Now he's preparing to transition into track. With those priorities in mind, Hill wants to limit his distractions.
“My parents help to motivate me and keep me humble," Hill said. "They keep my head right. They don’t want me to just settle down with one school right now or focus on all of this recruiting stuff. I just want to work hard and keep working to get better I still have a lot to prove."
As far proving grounds are concerned, don't expect to see Hill attending any of the training combines.
“Those combines are for some of the guys that are trying to get their
names out there and I believe my name already is out there," he said. "I
just want to continue to work hard and get better."
According to Hill's long list of suitors, he has already proven enough to warrant over 20 early scholarship offers. The youngster has maintained a patient approach to his recruitment and is just soaking all of the information in at this point in time. He has an idea of and what attributes he values most and has identified a few of them in some of the programs on his list.
"Academics are very important for me," Hill said. "I want to look at a school that will challenge me and that puts me where I can excel. Coaching is important as well. I am looking for a coach that is very involved with the players, is hands on, and knows every aspect of what is going on and off the field with the players. I'll also look at the atmosphere. The crowd should be into the game."
"At Rutgers the crowd has the passion. The team is up and coming they help each other out on and off the field."
"At Ohio State they play defense and spread you out on offense.”
“At USC they have a good program and produce great players.”
And what about the Michigan Wolverines? As it turns out the youngster has a longstanding fondness for the Maize & Blue.
“I like Michigan and the over 100,000 fans," said Hill. "I like the energy they give when they are into the game. I also like Michigan because of Charles Woodson. He went there and played both ways. I would like to play both ways as well. I also want to play early."
Hill, who plays quarterback on offense and safety on defense, believes he has the talent and work ethic that will earn him the early playing time he desires.
"Wherever my team needs me, I'll do it," Hill said matter-of-factly. "I just want to get on the field. I will have to trust in myself that I can do whatever they ask me to. I put in the work so I can be a better player. I play like Sean Taylor. I know some people didn’t like what he did in the pro bowl to the punter, but I did because it showed that you should play hard every play."
With an attitude, it's not hard to understand why so many big time coaches want Hill on their rosters. They'll all be waiting for quite some time to find out who the luck winner is though.
"I'll be making my decision after my football season," Hill said. "I want to stay focused. I'm just concerned with my team's upcoming season."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Hill in the months to come.