Hill Enjoys Pack Practice

No player has seen his stock rise as much as as Shallotte (NC) West Brunswick star defensive end Alfy Hill in the past couple of months.

No player has seen his stock rise as much as Shallotte (NC) West Brunswick star defensive end Alfy Hill in the past couple of months.

Hill didn't land his first scholarship offer until late February when East Carolina mailed the paperwork, and he now has offers from some of the top programs in the country.

"It's been crazy getting all these offers," said Hill. "It lets me know that everybody recognizes how good I am as a football player. It's exciting.

"Right now I have offers from ECU, New Mexico, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Duke, [North Carolina] State, UNC-Chapel Hill, South Carolina, LSU, Wake Forest, Clemson, Purdue, Iowa State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech... and there are some others. The most recent one I got was from Clemson."

Last Thursday he was in Raleigh to watch one of NC State's spring practices.

"I had a lot of fun at State," said Hill. "It was fun watching them practice. They practiced hard as a team, and I got to watch coach Willis instruct the defensive linemen.

"I learned some things. He was very strict with them, and he let them know what they had to do. He's repetitive with every thing he does, and I like that."

Hill is being recruited to NC State by recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie.

"I actually spent the most time talking with coach Petercuskie," said Hill. "We always have great conversations when we talk and that's how it was on Thursday. We didn't talk about anything major... just mainly to keep my grades up and stuff like that."

One thing they did talk about was Chapel Hill (NC) offensive lineman Robert Crisp's decision to commit to NC State. Hill had a chance to meet Crisp back in February at the Tom Lemming Photo Shoot and the Wolfpack's Junior Day.

"I heard about him committing when I was at State," said Hill. "I talked some with him the first time I met him, and I liked him a lot. He's a big guy who I hear is a great player. That's a guy I would love to play with."

As it stands now, Hill plans on visiting another school this week, and he could make a return trip to NC State on Saturday for the Wolfpack's spring game.

"I'm going to visit East Carolina on Wednesday," he stated. "I also want to go to State's spring game on Saturday. I want to make it to that, but I might have to go to the Shrine Bowl combine that day so I'm not sure yet which I am going to be able to do."

Hill didn't play as a sophomore, missing the entire season with a wrist injury, but he dominated in 2008. Playing linebacker and defensive end, he totaled 115 tackles, 10 sacks, and four blocked punts for the Trojans.

He is currently rated a four-star prospect and the No. 23 defensive end in the country by Scout.com.

With nearly two dozen scholarship offers on the table, Hill is a big-time target for several programs. As of now, he maintains that he is wide open but hopes to make a decision prior to his senior season.

"I don't have a leader," said Hill. "I'm open to everybody right now, but I would say West Virginia, State, and Carolina are recruiting me the hardest.

"I'm going to try and pick out my top five in the next three or four weeks, and I'm hoping to make a decision before the start of my senior season. I'm going to take some visits over the summer before making my decision."

Jr. Film: #35 DE -Alfy Hill -


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