One-on-One With Justice Hill

Standout running back Justice Hill from Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School became Oklahoma State's first commitment on Monday. We spoke with him today on the Sports Talk with Robert Allen and Friends radio program on Triple Play Sports. We don't talk with many recruits on the radio show unless they are committed and it seems very solid. Hill said he was and seemed eager to talk about it.

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, which he mentioned in the interview.

RA: Why did you make the decision to commit early to Oklahoma State?
Hill: The main reason is that I love the atmosphere (at Oklahoma State) and I love the coaches. It is my favorite school, so since I had the offer then why not just go ahead and commit.

RA: There's talk of an early singing period. I don't want to get you into a discussion of the pros and cons of having one but could you see that being something that you would take advantage of?
Hill: That would be a good idea just to have an early signing date, one in late summer and then the other one in early February. It is interesting to see how many players would take advantage of that.

RA: Is it good to know that throughout next season you can focus on playing your senior season at Booker T. Washington and not on the recruiting issues. Is that attractive to you?
Hill: It could be and at the same time it might not. Some people have the mindset that their commitment is solid and it is good for them, but if they are still exploring their options I guess or they are trying to get a better opportunity then that could be a hindrance. It has its positives and its negatives. For me it's a good thing because I'm set.

RA: Orange and black is a good thing for those players from Booker T. Washington as you don't have to change colors.
Hill: Orange and black, that's a good thing.

RA: Giving your commitment locks you in no matter what and that is a good thing?
Hill: That is a good thing about being early. I have the security that no matter what happens I wouldn't lose my offer or have it taken. With an early commitment you have that security and that peace of mind to know where you are going.

RA: Describe yourself as a running back. What is your style?
JH: I think of myself as an all-around player. My favorite player, favorite running back is LaDanian Tomlinson, but our offense, we don't run that kind of offense. Our offense is more zone read like at Oklahoma State, so I can fit into that offense really good. Me, I just like to make one cut and then get up field as soon as possible. I don't like to make too many jukes, but if I need to I will. I just like to make plays and whatever I have to do to make those plays then I'll do it.

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