A Passing Grade

Prior to participating in Ole Miss' elite camp last Saturday, Brandon Hill graded his interest level in the Rebels as an 8.5 on a 1-10 scale.

A day later, and after an overnight stay in Oxford, Ole Miss graded even higher.

"I'd give it a 10," he said.

Hill, one of the top offensive linemen on Ole Miss' recruiting board, worked primarily with offensive line coach Mike Marksuon during the two-day camp.

The 6-foot-6, 379-pound Hill said he and Markuson have built a strong relationship throughout the recruiting process. Markuson has offered advice to Hill, a member of the recruiting class of 2012, on how to improve from dominant high school player to potential college tackle.

"I was (at Ole Miss) two days, and you can tell how much the coaches care about you. I liked it a lot," Hill said. "Coach Markuson, we're close. We talk.

"He said if I lose weight … I can go to high school and beat up on guys all I want to, but when I come up here it's all about quickness. He wants me quicker than I am now. To get quicker, I need to lose weight. That's what I'm working on."

Ole Miss is recruiting Hill, of St. George's High School in Memphis, Tenn., as a right tackle.

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Bobby Massie, the team's current right tackle, will be a draft-eligible junior in the fall. The 2011-12 season could be his last in a Rebel uniform. Massie has started every game in his career, and the last 17 at right tackle.

"To play behind Bobby, I could get better. I could learn from his mistakes," Hill said. "If I came in and did the right things, I could probably get drafted as a junior also. But I'd like to do my four years of college."

Hill currently holds four offers -- Ole Miss, Memphis, Southern Miss and Nebraska -- but numerous schools have shown interest.

He has long been a fan of LSU. If the Tigers were to offer, they would immediately become a favorite, along with Ole Miss and Memphis, the hometown school.

He also favors Mississippi State and Southern Miss, the first school to extend a scholarship offer. "That meant something," he said. He camped at Mississippi State Thursday and at Southern Miss earlier this summer.

"LSU has been my favorite since I was 11, when my uncle took me to my first college game," he said. "I cheered ‘em on. I liked the environment, the crunkness. The crowd was shaking. The environment and the team, you can tell how they work together."

Hill is considering schools that offer a degree in sports management, his desired major, "just in case I don't make it to the NFL." Ole Miss, he said, has a good sports management program. However, he also wants to feel at home.

"I want to feel comfortable," he said, "like I'm at home."

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