In the 22nd of the series, Notre Dame linebacker commit Kolin Hill of of Schertz (Texas) Samuel Clemens is broken down with a recruitment recap and player analysis. Hill received an offer from childhood favorite Texas late in the recruiting process, but the Irish were able to curtail any momentum Charlie Strong tried to conjure.
Kolin Hill (6'2.5", 220, Linebacker)
Schertz (Texas) Samuel Clemens
No. 64 ranked outside linebacker, Three-star
Kolin Hill did not receive much attention on the recruiting trail until late in the process. In fact, prior to when Notre Dame
offered in mid-November, Hill was considering Boise State, Colorado and Texas State. Hill planned on attending the same college as his twin brother Kaleb, and for much of their high school careers, they had the same offer list. When Notre Dame extended an offer, Hill hardly knew he was even on Notre Dame's radar. The Irish really liked what they saw from his film and extended an offer shortly thereafter.
After Notre Dame expressed interest in the form of a committable offer, in-state powerhouses Texas and Texas Tech took notice. Hill visited Texas in early December, and he maintained weekly contact with the Longhorns' staff. However, if an offer were to come through for Hill, Texas informed him there would first have to be a decommitment in its class. That knowledge, coupled with a great official visit to Notre Dame during the banquet weekend, and his commitment to academics, Hill committed to Notre Dame.
Texas offered Hill in January when Charlie Strong
took over as head coach. Hill briefly considered taking an official to Texas before he decided otherwise. Brian Kelly was key in keeping Hill on board.
"I'm not really sure because I don't want to be anybody's last resort. I want to be someone's first priority. If they are going to offer me, they're saying they have to lose someone first." – Hill (in December) on if what would happen should he receive Texas interest
Links of Note:
Mokwuah's Initial Commitment
Hill's profile, highlights, and all stories
Look for an in-depth film breakdown of Hill in a follow-up story.
Hill is commit No. 22 broken down in the "All Irish" series. Click below to view the first 21 in the series:
WR Justin Brent
DE Andrew Trumbetti
LB Greer Martini
DT Jay Hayes
OG Jimmy Byrne
QB DeShone Kizer
OG Sam Mustipher
TE Nic Weishar
OT Alex Bars
OT Quenton Nelson
LB Jonathan Bonner
DE Grant Blankenship
CB Nick Watkins
P/K Tyler Newsome
S/LB Drue Tranquill
MLB Nyles Morgan
MLB Nile Sykes
WR Corey Holmes
DT Pete Mokwuah
TE Tyler Luatua
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