Oklahoma is doing everything right in its pursuit of Tulsa (Okla.) Washington 2019 standout defensive back Daxton Hill. But it still might be, no pun intended, an up-Hill climb.
Hill wowed analysts two weeks ago at The Opening regional in Frisco, Texas, posting one of the best overall SPARQ times and a blistering 4.46-second 40-yard dash.
Hill was hoping to improve upon last year’s marks, but he had no idea he’d be able to do what he did two weeks ago.
“No, not at all,” he said. “Last year I ran a 4.6 so I was kind of surprised to reach 4.4 already. I’ve been working hard on building up my speed and becoming a more explosive player.”
If the name Hill sounds familiar, it should as his older brother is Oklahoma State sophomore running back Justice Hill.
Justice Hill was a breakout performer as a freshman for the Cowboys, and Daxton seems to be on pace to be a breakout performer in the state heading into his junior season.
“A lot of people compare me to him,” Daxton Hill said. “I’m just trying to prove to people I can do what I can do and not just what he can do.”
That’s not to say Daxton has a bad relationship with his brother. There were a couple of times Daxton was invited to OU games during the 2016 season but the Hill family (understandably) decided to visit Stillwater and see Justice play.
Hill was a high three-star running back for the 2016 class, but Daxton seems poised to be at least a four-star, Scout 300 prospect for the 2019 class. If nothing else, he’s someone to lean on when it comes the process.
“Yea, he’s definitely given me a lot of advice,” Daxton said. “The one thing he’s saying is basically just keep doing what you’re doing.”
OU isn’t throwing in the towel with Daxton despite those Cowboy ties. OU defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops have tried to let Daxton know how interested they are whenever possible.
Hill could be a Cowboy no matter what when it’s all said and done, but it won’t be because the Sooners didn’t do everything to bring him to the other side of Bedlam.
“We’ve talked a lot every time I’ve visited,” Hill said. “Every time I go, we’re building that relationship more and more. He seems like a great coach, and I’m very comfortable with Coach Cooks.”
OU and OSU are the lone offers at this point for Daxton although that should change. The Sooners offered first on Christmas day. Hill said he’s not sure what trips he’ll make this spring, adding he’s open to anything if things work out.