Taylor Hill Commits to Sooners

Since first speaking to Youngstown, Ohio native Taylor Hill it seemed that Oklahoma was the team to beat and today at a press conference he made his college intentions known to the public, giving the Sooners the nod. While the decision may have just been handed out to the public today, the Oklahoma staff has known for weeks about it.

Just four days ago Cardinal Mooney outside linebacker Taylor Hill named a final three of Oklahoma, West Virginia and LSU and let it be known that he and teammate Brandon Beachum would be announcing their college choices together on Sunday afternoon. It had long been thought that Hill was a heavy Sooner lean and the 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete confirmed that by giving them his verbal pledge today.

"I actually committed to Coach (Brent) Venables and Head Coach (Bob) Stoops about three weeks ago and they were very, very excited," Hill said. "I wanted to wait and do my announcement with Brandon, so we set up a date to do it together. I have liked Oklahoma since the day they offered me and overall the fit was just too good to pass up for me."

Hill has yet to visit Norman, however that did not seem to matter to him as he hadn't visited any of his final three programs. The linebacker talked about why he selected the Sooners and how he will fit into their program.

"After talking with my parents and coaches I just felt like Oklahoma was the best fit and they were also the staff I was most comfortable with," Hill explained. "We run their defense, so I am already very familiar with the responsibilities I will have playing the strong side there and I also feel like I could earn some early playing time. We have not talked about when I will start playing yet, but I am hoping to either sit out the first few games and start as a freshman or just sit out my first year and start my second. I just can't wait to get down there and make an early impact for Oklahoma because as I have said, I really feel comfortable with that defensive scheme and how I fit into it."

Hill will most likely make his first visit to the campus on an official visit to the Miami game, however that has not been written in stone at this point. The Youngstown connection that Head Coach Bob Stoops has definitely paid big dividends in recruiting the linebacker, however that was far from the only factor in his decision.

As a junior, Hill registered 98 tackles and had 12 sacks for Cardinal Mooney. He becomes the second linebacker commitment of this class for Oklahoma along with weak side linebacker Daniel Franklin.

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