Recruiting has exploded for West Brunswick (Shallotte, N.C.) defensive end Alfy Hill, who has seen his offer total climb into the double-digits in just a 2-week span. What makes the 6-4, 245-pound standout rising senior such a hot commodity with schools all across the country?
"I think it is his speed," answered West Brunswick head coach Jimmy Fletcher. "He is a big kid, but he can run. He is really raw, though. This was his first year of varsity football. He played JV football as a freshman, but he was injured as a sophomore. He was doing a power clean later on in his freshman year and broke his wrist. The doctor did not release him for a year. He couldn't play football and he couldn't lift weights. When he came back this year, we knew he was a big kid and we knew he could run but we didn't know much else. He ended up having a great year even though he really is a year behind."
Hill racked up 102 tackles including 12 sacks last season. A special teams force, he blocked four punts and returned a blocked field goal 86 yards for a score. Hill performed well on offense, too, hauling in 10 receptions for 190 yards from the tight end position.
Despite the injury setback, Hill had no trouble adjusting to the varsity level of football.
"Really, his first three games were incredible," Fletcher said. "He had three blocked punts. He had a lot of sacks. He returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown. He just surprised everybody. Nobody prepared for him, so they didn't do anything to counteract him."
East Carolina was the first program to offer Hill, who now boasts offers from Colorado, Duke, Iowa State, Kentucky, N.C. State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia as well. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and North Carolina are among the programs expressing serious interest.
"It has been very exciting," Hill said of the recruiting rush. "It has been surprising, actually. I didn't expect to be a big deal."
Hill, who claims all of the schools involved are "on the same level now," reflected on being offered by Virginia Tech.
"It was very exciting because I know they are big-time in football. You've got to be real good to get an offer from them," Hill said. "I would play there. I think I would fit in there. I'm going to visit there. It is going to be one of my five visits."
Hill may make an unofficial visit to Tech this spring or summer. So far, he has only visited East Carolina, North Carolina and N.C. State. South Carolina is another school Hill says he definitely wants to visit.
Coach Fletcher expects Hill to take his time in the recruiting process. At this point, a major focus is on academics and making qualifying levels on the SAT or ACT and GPA.
"He has got to finish out his grades," Fletcher said. "He has got some work to do, but I think we have a good plan and I really believe he can do it."
A 3-sport athlete, Hill also plays on the varsity basketball team and runs the 100 and 200 in outdoor track. He has run the 100 meters in 11.7 seconds.