Hill Ready To Announce

The early portion of the summer camping season has proved fruitful for B.J. Hill, who is now ready to make a decision.

"I picked up three offers this weekend," Hill said. "On Friday, NC State offered me and then [North] Carolina and James Madison offered me on Saturday. There was a James Madison coach at Carolina and he offered me.

"It feels pretty good. I pretty much knew I was going to get an offer from NC State. And Carolina this weekend, they wanted to see me run around a little bit – they really needed to see me because of my injury."

Hill, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive lineman from Oakboro (N.C.) West Stanley, said he will announce his decision on Wednesday evening during a gathering at his home.

Hill dislocated his knee in the season opener of his junior year. He returned for the final two games, but he admits he wasn't 100-percent.

When Hill was sidelined, Chris Kapilovic, who recruits Stanly County for UNC, continued to communicate regularly with him.

"We've been talking since he first came there – I think we have a two-year relationship," Hill said. "When I got hurt, that knocked me down a little bit. He told me that they just wanted to see me move around. He told me if I show out they'd offer me. I felt I did pretty well, so I knew there was a good chance."

Hill actually left Chapel Hill without a UNC offer.

"Coach Kap Facebook'ed me and told me to call him [later that day]," Hill said. "We talked on the phone and I talked to Coach [Larry] Fedora. They gave me the offer right then and there."

Hill has played safety, linebacker, defensive end, quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end during his prep career. According to Hill, UNC sees him as a defensive end or defensive tackle.

Last summer, Hill camped at UNC, but worked out under former D-line coach Deke Adams. On Saturday, Hill performed under the tutelage of Keith Gilmore.

"It was my first time really meeting [Gilmore] and getting to know him," Hill said. "He taught me a lot of stuff that I didn't know."

Although he has held an East Carolina offer for a few months, collecting offers from UNC and NC State has been a surreal experience for Hill.

"I don't know if it has really sunk in yet," Hill said.

Hill added that he wants to continue his football career at a school that is close enough to his home to allow his family to watch him play on Saturdays.

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