Hill Has "Outstanding" Time At ND's Jr. Day

Nick Hill is already looking forward to his next trip to Notre Dame.

"They want me to come back down and talk to coach (Charlie) Weis one-on-one," the standout running back from Chelsea (Mich.) High said.

"They said they're going to call me and let me know when."

That was just part of the "outstanding" visit Nick Hill had at Notre Dame's junior day this past weekend.

Hill, who already holds scholarship offers from Stanford, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, was making his second visit to South Bend since the fall. He also attended the Michigan game. This go-round, Hill spent a lot of time with Notre Dame's new running backs coach Tony Alford. He also enjoyed head coach Charlie Weis' talk to the 20 or so juniors in attendance, and the highlight video from the season. The question-answer session with the player panel, as well as the PowerPoint presentation, really stood out.

"It was pretty cool when we got to talk to seven other players, and we could ask them any kind of questions we wanted. A lot of the guys in there asked the questions kind of for me, and I just listened. I was curious about what kind of workout they do, the kind of conditioning they do, classes wise, what it's going to be like when you first get down there, the relationship you build with your teammates, and are the classes hard.

"They went through an amazing PowerPoint presentation on how they're ranked number one with graduation rate of players, 99.3 percent, and the academic support they get and the type of classes you can take is impressive," Hill explained.

So is Hill's game.

This past season, Hill rushed for 2,259 yards and 29 touchdowns. He finished up with 3,700 all-purpose yards. Hill left behind a tape for Alford and the rest of the Irish staff to analyze.

"The running backs coach said he likes me a lot, and he said he can't wait to see the highlight tape I gave him. What coach Weis and he were talking about, was the type of character they want to come to the University. They want a guy that cares about school, cares about family, cares about football, and he said talking to me he thought I had all that and he liked that I made eye contact and shook his hand well, and he said he liked how I presented myself for the first time."

Notre Dame was the first school to present itself to Hill.

Hill ran for 950 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman, and shortly there after he was receiving mail from the Irish before any other program. He attended the Michigan State game two years ago.

"I went down there the first time and I liked the school a lot," Hill said. "It's Notre Dame. It's one of the best college programs in the country, if not thee best. If I wanted to commit to Notre Dame, I could say I got a degree from Notre Dame. A lot of people would say that's a tough place to get one."

As a sophomore, Hill ran for 1,700 yards and 26 touchdowns. He thinks that Michigan State is close to offering a scholarship, and added that Michigan, Cincinnati and Indiana have all been by the school this week. Florida State invited Hill to its junior day, and Florida and Alabama have also been in touch.

"I might decide before my senior football season, or during the football season."


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