UNC Among Hill's Top Five

With his college announcement expedited and thus quickly approaching, North Carolina is one of the schools Trevon Hill is strongly considering.

"I like the atmosphere, campus, the history of their D-linemen and linebackers – Lawrence Taylor, as you saw Kareem Martin got drafted this year," Hill said. "They have a history of putting guys in the [National Football] League and I want that tradition because I want to make it to the League, too, someday and help my family out. [It is] great education wise."

Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest complete Hill's top five schools list. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end from Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem has visited all five, except NC State. He'll make his inaugural Raleigh trip this weekend.

"They all [five] had to meet my standards for one," Hill said. "I feel comfortable at basically all of those schools. Great coaching staffs [and] I've built a relationship with most of the coaches there at all those schools. All the atmospheres are great – I got to see what the college is like when the students were in and I got to see when classes were out."

Originally, Hill was eyeing an August decision. He has since moved his announcement up to May 27.

"I guess [I've moved it up], because of the excitement and I'm ready to get it over with before my senior year," Hill said. "I have a lot of tests coming up and I'm not trying to stress over making decisions. I just want to get this over with, too."

Also, Hill has a pretty good idea of what school he'll be committing to in less than two weeks. Though, he's not willing to reveal his leader.

Hill will announce his verbal commitment during a press conference at Salem.

Last fall, Hill first visited UNC when the team hosted East Carolina. He was invited to its junior day held in conjunction with the Duke basketball game but weather prevented him from making the trip.

"I got caught in traffic and the snow," Hill said. "We were stuck in traffic for five hours and we were only 30 minutes away from the school."

A couple weeks later, Hill traveled to Chapel Hill for his own personal junior day.

"I watched practice," Hill said. "When I got there, [Ron] Brewer toured us around the campus. We ate with the team and the coaches. And then we talked for a while. And then we watched some film – I got to see, if I come there, how I'd do it. And then they showed us some highlights."

Randy Jordan began recruiting Hill for UNC. When Jordan accepted a position with the Washington Redskins, Ron Brewer, Assistant Director of Player Personnel, filled the void until Keith Gilmore added the Tidewater Area to his recruiting territories. That has allowed Hill to develop a relationship with his potential future position coach.

Gilmore projects Hill to play the Bandit position within UNC's 4-2-5 defensive scheme.

"I like it because as a D-end sometimes you want to stand up and get the glory of getting the interceptions like the guys in the secondary do," Hill said. "That's something that's a big plus for me. Why not be able to get sacks and interceptions?"

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