"In high school I have played shortstop and pitcher. I figure once I get to the college level I will play third basemen."
What position are schools recruiting you for?
"At shortstop and pitcher at all but one. Infield and pitcher really."
What positions is MSU recruiting you for?
"They basically said I would be given a chance at both. I could do them both until I showed that I couldn't."
We'll talk about pitcher first since Prospects Plus seems to be so high on you as a pitcher. Talk about your fastball velocity and your overall strengths as a pitcher.
"My fastball is anywhere from 87 to 92. I also have a pretty nice slider. I try to get them out with my slider, but if I don't, I will come back with a fastball."
I'm just curious, how much did your velocity increase from your sophomore year to your junior year?
"Probably two or three miles per hour."
Switching over to recruiting, did you know much about Mississippi State prior to attending their summer camp this past summer?
"I knew coach (Ron) Polk was there and their history. I have seen them play a couple of times when I went to a junior day. I also saw them at the SEC Tournament in Birmingham. I guess I've seen them three times."
You said you attended games on junior day. That is normally on a Sunday. Have you seen them play on any other days?
"I think one of the games was on a Saturday."
So, you got the feel of what it is like at MSU?
"Oh, the outfield was awesome."
Did that help with your recruitment?
"Yes sir. The fans were so cool. You don't usually go to a baseball game and have that many people there that crazy. It is awesome."
How many fans do you usually play in front of?
"During the playoffs one year, it was number 1 against number 2 and we had like a 1,000 there."
Will it bother you to play in front of a lot of fans?
"Oh no, man. I love that kind of stuff."
What other schools recruited you. First, we'll talk about letters, then calls.
"I got a lot of letters from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tulane, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, South Alabama, Samford, Dartmouth, Brown, Colorado and quite a few others."
What schools actually called you?
"Alabama, South Alabama, Samford, Georgia, Mississippi State and some team out of Florida....not sure which one."
What schools did you strongly consider when you narrowed it down?
"It was Mississippi State, South Alabama, Alabama, Samford and Georgia."
What order did you take your official visits?
"The first one I took was to Mississippi State. The second one was to South Alabama. The third one I went to was Samford and the fourth one was going to be to Alabama."
After your Mississippi State visit, were you still pretty much open or were you leaning to State?
"I liked State the whole time. Coming there, I finally got to see what was going on without having to be there just during the day. I got to be there during the night and saw how everything was. I also saw a football game. I think when I was over there for the summer camp, I drove around a little bit, but I really got to see the whole campus when I came in for my visit."
What game did you see?
"The Jacksonville State game."
When did you decide to commit to Mississippi State?
"It was the Thursday before I was supposed to go to Alabama. I talked to their coach that night. He sent me my schedule for the weekend. I thought about it and told my mom that I think I want to just go with Mississippi State. She asked me what sparked that. I told her I had South Alabama putting pressure on me and Alabama was wanting me to do something. But I really liked (MSU) from the first time I went there. I called Alabama back and told them I had changed my mind. That was hard having to call them and tell them I wasn't going to come."
When you called State with the news, who did you call?
"I called coach Polk but it was the day they were taking their (team) pictures and he had just left. Coach (Daron) Schoenrock was there. I went ahead and told him. Coach Polk called me that night so I told him then."
Were they excited?
"Yes sir. They were pretty pumped up."
Since you've gotten it over with, what is the feeling like now?
"I don't have to worry about it now. I go out there and play and don't have to push myself because somebody is watching me and knowing that I have to perform (for them). I can relax and enjoy myself now that I know what I'm going to do. It is like a huge load is lifted off my shoulders.
"Earlier in the year, I was playing football and was even getting recruited in football."
I didn't know that. What position do you play in football?
"I play quarterback. I played last year and had a pretty good season. I had a bunch of recruiters on me in football over the summer. This year, I played my second game and got a concussion. My arm also started to act up a little bit, so I told them I am just going to hang it up before I get hurt real bad."
Did any colleges call you for football?
"I got recruiting calls from Alabama, Ole Miss and Southern Miss. I'm still getting stuff from Southern Miss, Air Force, Ole Miss and Dartmouth. I probably got more football letters than I did baseball for a while. (Football) has their mailing lists and you get (letters) every week during the summer. I probably talked to baseball coaches more than I did football."
That should do it, Trent. Thanks for talking to me.
Here is additional information on Trent from the official MSU signing release.
Hill paced Walker High School with a .421 batting average and a 6-2 pitching mark as a junior, helping guide the Vikings to a 32-8 and earning all-state honors.
Hill was named to the Birmingham News 5A All-State and All-Metro teams and was a second-team Alabama Sportswriters Association All-State selection last spring. At the plate he drove in 30 runs and laced a team-high 17 doubles, and on the mound he compiled a 1.49 earned run average with six wins and three saves, averaging a strikeout per inning. In September he was rated by Baseball America/Prospect Plus as the No. 4 prospect for 2003 in Alabama. (They also ranked him as the 252nd best player in the nation.-Gene).
An all-metro and honorable mention all-state selection as a sophomore, Hill hit .448 and compiled a 7-2 pitching record with three saves and a 2.38 ERA, helping WHS capture the area championship and climb to a No. 3 ranking in Alabama. He enters his senior season with a three-year 19-6 record, 8 saves and 150 strikeouts in 153 innings.
Hill, also a three-year letter-winner in football, is a member of the Key Club and was voted "Mr. Walker High". He is the son of Roger and Vicki Hill of Jasper, Ala.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher and owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial site for Mississippi State sports since October, 1996. He can be reached by email at email@example.com