Focus 2008: Taylor Hill

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney won the Division IV Ohio state championship with a 26-12 win over Jonathan Alder. One of the top players on the team is junior defensive end Taylor Hill. Hill, 6' 2" and 195 pounds, is often over shadowed by his more publicized teammates, but college recruiters have certainly taken notice.

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney capped a perfect season by winning the Division IV state title in Ohio. One of the key players for Mooney was junior defensive end Taylor Hill. Hill, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, is one of four juniors that are drawing interest from college recruiters. Teammates Dan McCarthy, Brandon Beachum and Mike Zordich might be getting more of the headlines, but Taylor Hill has quietly put himself right alongside his more publicized teammates.

Hill talked about winning the state title and his relationship with his teammates.

"Winning the state championship was a dream come true," explained Hill. "We started back in August and that was our goal. To see it come true was really amazing."

"The best part of winning was being able to send the seniors out right," he continued. "We lost in the championship game the year before, so we really wanted to finish strong."

"Now we want to work hard and win it again next year," said Hill. "There is no jealousy on our team over who gets publicity or who is getting college attention. We're like a family and we all get along real well. All we care about is winning."

Hill, who registered 98 tackles and had 12 sacks, has been getting his share of recruiting attention and he talked about who has been in contact.

"This year I was invited to games by Akron, Boston College and Iowa," Hill noted. "Because of our schedule I wasn't able to get to any of them. Those three schools have been contacting coach [P. J.] Fecko the most, along with Michigan, Syracuse and West Virginia.'

"I really don't have a favorite school or anything. I'm just trying to see what they have to say and take it all in."

He also mentioned what areas he would be working on this winter to improve his game.

"I think my speed is my biggest strength," he explained. "This winter I'm working on getting stronger, especially my upper body. I also think I can get faster. I just want to get better at everything."

With a great first step, combined with a strong work ethic, it's no secret why Taylor Hill is drawing a lot of interest. Hill, one of the top junior prospects in Ohio, was not sure about his summer camp plans at this time, but hoped to be able to get to as many camps as possible.

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