"He has pretty good size and he has good feet," newly hired West Stanly head coach James Johnson said. "… I think he'll understand the game a little bit better at the next level for having played [a lot of different positions] and it will play dividends for him in the long run."
At the Nike Combine held in Charlotte, Hill checked in at 6-foot-3 and 258 pounds and registered a 5.21-second 40-yard dash, 22-inch vertical jump, 4.6-second 20-yard shuttle, and 34.5-foot power ball toss.
You name it, Hill has played it for West Stanly – safety, linebacker, defensive end, quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end.
Midway through his freshman year, Hill was promoted to varsity and almost immediately became a starter at safety. As a sophomore, he became a two-way starter primarily playing linebacker on defense and running back on offense.
Hill's junior season was derailed early when he suffered a dislocated knee in the season opener. He returned to the lineup – albeit not at 100-percent – for the final two games of the season.
Johnson, who was hired a couple of weeks ago, will simplify things for Hill this coming season. Hill will start along the defensive line and be used at yet to be determined amount at tight end (Johnson hasn't had an opportunity to fully assess his roster).
The lack of junior film and the limited amount of footage at his projected position of defensive line hasn't prevented colleges from pursuing Hill. East Carolina has offered, while North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia Tech have shown significant interest.
"Had he remained healthy and had a bigger library of film, he'd probably have several offers in hand by now," said Johnson.
Also not helping Hill's recruitment is West Stanly's coaching change. The only area recruiter who has a relationship with Johnson and actually knows how to contact him is UNC's Chris Kapilovic. Kapilovic and Johnson developed a relationship last year while Johnson was an assistant at Richmond County and Kapilovic was recruiting Tyrone Crowder and Alex Norton.
"I know Coach Kap fairly well," Johnson said. "When I last talked to him it was right when I took this job, so I hadn't seen a lot of film [on Hill yet]."
Kapilovic and Hill have maintained a steady line of communication. Like most schools, UNC would like to see Hill work out at camp before deciding whether to offer.
The majority of Hill's collegiate interest stems from his performances last summer at UNC's and NC State's camps. He returned to both schools during the football season for games and then again in recent months for junior days. Additionally, he was on hand for UNC's scrimmage at Mallard Creek High School on Thursday.
"I'm still keeping my options open, but I really like Carolina and State," Hill said. "I really don't have one that sticks out more than the other. When I went to the football games, the student section at both games was crazy. I like the atmosphere at both of them."
Hill has also attended a football game at Duke and a junior day at East Carolina. He'll travel to Virginia Tech for the first time this Saturday for a junior day.
Hill says that he sees West Stanly alum and former Tar Heel Quan Sturdivant almost daily. According to Hill, Sturdivant isn't recruiting for UNC, but instead offering Hill advice on the recruiting process… Hill is also a member of West Stanly's basketball and track-and-field teams. In track, he throws the shot put and discus, and runs the 100-meter dash and 4x100 relay. In his first and only 100 thus far, Hill clocked a 12.2-second time.