Signing Day Capsule: Taylor Hill

Hill plays defensive end for Mooney and at times is unblockable. Hill uses a combination of speed, explosiveness and strength to defeat his opponents. He is outstanding in pursuit and wreaks havoc in the opponents back field. He will likely project as an outside linebacker and will have to learn the position at the next level.

Taylor Hill
Weak Side Linebacker 6-2/205
Cardinal Mooney HS (Youngstown, OH)
NR: *** - Position Rank: 24

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His Recruiting Story
A relative unknown to Michigan fans until late in the process, Taylor Hill became just the second player to commit to new coach Rich Rodriguez when he pulled the trigger in favor of the Wolverines back on January 14.

Another native of Ohio, Hill is one of the seven kids from the Buckeye state to opt for the Maize and Blue winged helmet. Before selecting the Wolverines, Hill listed offers from an impressive array of BCS schools, including offers from both Oklahoma, who he was one time committed to, and the national champion LSU Tigers.

Hill issued his first verbal commitment over the summer months. While visiting Oklahoma, the 6-foot-2 linebacker pledged his services to the Oklahoma Sooners. Once his senior season had come to an end, however, the athletic linebacker started having second thoughts, and, in the end, ultimately switched his commitment to West Virginia.

That didn't last either. In mid-December, it was announced that Rich Rodriguez would be leaving his post at West Virginia in order to take over as the head coach of the Michigan football program. Hill re-opened his recruitment with that in mind, and, after taking visits to both Michigan and Michigan State, committed to the Wolverines on January 14.

"I got to talk to all the coaches, but mainly Coach Shafer the defensive coordinator, and Coach Hopson, my position coach," Hill said on his visit to Michigan. "They talked to me about the defensive schemes we'll be running, and what spot they might want me to play at."

Hill made his first visit to Ann Arbor for a junior day visit last February.

GoBlueWolverine Commentary
Taylor Hill is committed to Michigan thanks to one person, Rich Rodriguez. Accepting an offer from West Virginia, and then following him to Michigan, it's clear that the Wolverines new coach has an idea in mind for how to utilize Hill's ability on defense.

Aggressiveness, lateral movement and speed are all pluses in Hill's game, and he should help fill in a linebacker core that is depleted with losses of Shawn Crable and Chris Graham. There are players currently on the Michigan roster that have a head start on Hill for a spot in the two-deep, but don't be surprised if Hill can earn some time on special teams, or even late in games this fall.

Adjusting to the game and the size of the competition at the collegiate level is an opportunity for Hill. The Big 10 is a hard-nosed conference, and adjusting to run support could provide problems for the linebacker as he works on adding size and strength to his frame.

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