Oakboro (NC) West Stanly standout B.J. Hill isn't afraid of competition. In fact he welcomes it if it will make the Wolfpack stronger.
Hill committed to the Wolfpack several weeks ago and since that time he's been getting to know his future teammates.
"We're doing it big. We're doing it right in this class right here," he said.
He's obviously proud of the class that he's a part of but Hill isn't content. He knows there's more work to be done.
"We're still trying to get a couple more people. We really want (Kentavius) Street. That's who we've been trying to get. I talked to him about a week ago and I'm going to try to keep in touch."
At 6-3 and 260-pounds Hill has a tremendous frame and will likely play defensive tackle for the Pack although it's certainly possible he could get a look at defensive end as well.
His decision came as a surprise to some as Hill hadn't been outspoken about favorites prior to his choice. However, behind the scenes, many felt he'd be a shoo-in for UNC if the Heels decided to offer. They did offer after he camped in Chapel Hill but he was at NC State first and Hill fell in love with the Wolfpack.
"I just loved it up there. I loved the facilities and I loved the coaching staff especially. I just felt at home when I went up there to the camp that Saturday I fell in love with it. I pretty much knew I was going to go there then. I didn't want to go out of state or anything because I wanted my family to be able to see me play. It was between them, ECU, Carolina and Charlotte."
Ryan Nielsen's relationship with Hill was also key. The two spoke and continue to speak on just about a daily basis and Hill said he feels comfortable reaching out to him on a regular basis. Hill said he also likes the fact that Nielsen is a younger coach and he responds well to his energetic brand of coaching.
Nielsen has convinced Hill that there is a need on the line and he's told him that the staff sees him as an early impact kind of guy.
"I think there's a couple of people leaving this year, like two or three. I'll enroll early, get a lot of reps in and then see what happens from there."
Hill is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 63 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com.