Hill Becomes First Commit For 2016

Running back was a stumbling block and part of the last pieces put together in Oklahoma State's 2015 recruiting. But the running back position is in the leadoff spot for the 2016 class as one of the talented in-state running backs in a superior Oklahoma class, Justice Hill of Tulsa Booker T. Washington High School, became Oklahoma State's first commitment in the class.

Hill had said in the media that he grew up an Oklahoma State fan. His father actually attended Oklahoma State. His mother went to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, but later attended OSU-Tulsa.

"The reason I did it is, first, it's my school," Hill explained of his early commitment. "My parents and I had talked about it and they thought I should commit early and I felt the same way because then no matter what happened I was taken care of."

The 5-10, 185-pound Hill rushed for 1,426 yards and 22 touchdowns this past season as he combines a strong running style for his size with a combination of moves and top end speed that creates opportunities and space for him in the run game. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry and also had seven games where he rushed for over 100 yards.

He also caught nine passes for 129 yards and two more touchdowns, giving him 24 touchdowns on the season. He is equally as proficient running between the tackles as he is going outside in the run game.

He also suffered a shoulder injury at the end of the season. "I'm okay, but right now I'm rehabbing," Hill said. "I will be able to run and get back with track probably in the middle of the season."

Hill broke the commitment on his Twitter account -- @hill21_ -- with this message, "Glad to say that I have verbally committed to Oklahoma State University! #gopokes"

Shortly after @CoachGundy on Twitter had a "Pistols Firing from Tulsa Washington."

Hill becomes the first commitment for OSU in the 2016 class and he represents a major pledge in that he gives the Cowboys a running back for the future at a position that is still needing attention. After signing just one in-state prospect in the 2015 class he gives the Cowboys an in-state commitment to lead off the new class.

"Yes, I'm glad to get it out of the way," Hill added. "I have always told my friends and anybody that would listen that I was going to go to Oklahoma State, and now that I'm officially committed it is that much more official that I'm going to Oklahoma State."

Judging from the reaction of Cowboys fans there are plenty of them that are pretty happy that he is.


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