"I think in the middle of the summer," Hills said when asked when he made his verbal commitment to the Gophers.
Hills, who holds offers from Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana Monroe, and North Texas, is an under-the-radar prospect which explains the reason media outlets did not report his commitment.
"I never had a [recruiting profile] so when I committed it was like, ‘Who can I tell?'"
Despite Hills' lack of media coverage, the Gophers were unafraid to pull the trigger on a scholarship offer. Hills reports that Minnesota offered him in May and it didn't take long for him to commit.
"The business program, Coach Sawvel told me they have a good business program and I want to major in business management," said Hills when asked why he picked Minnesota. "Also, the opportunity to come in and play early, either at safety or corner.
This versatility combined with Hills' leadership ability makes him a valuable player on a college team.
"I think I can bring, I'm a player that doesn't just talk and try to be a leader," he said. "I'm a player that shows, I can show things, show how to do the right things. I can be an example. I think if one person brings it, everybody else is going to catch on."
Hills has taken other visits since his commitment but is still a solid verbal to Minnesota.
"Right now it's a sure thing that I'm going to Minnesota."
Hills has yet to make a trip to the Twin Cities to see the Gophers' campus, but plans on taking an official visit later this year.
"I'm going to visit in December," he said.