"Winning or losing this year is not a factor," Hill said when asked if the team's poor record would make him open up his recruiting.
Head coach Greg Schiano played a "big factor" in Hill's decision because he said "he's a great guy." Rutgers feels just like home for him, and that's one of the main reasons why he committed to play ball in Piscataway.
"It's a comfortable place for me," he said. "The surroundings reminded me of home."
Schiano told Hill that they would need a strong recruiting class to keep the program moving in the right direction, and by the time he signed, the Knights featured one of the best classes in the nation.
"They've been saying that they need a very good recruiting class to stay above," Hill said. "When coach Greg Schiano offered me, he said he felt like it could be a huge class. A couple of weeks later we have one of the top classes in the country. Everything is coming into place."
Hill watches all the games on television and was in attendance for the North Carolina and UCONN games.
Senior year has gone well for Hill so far as Steelton-Highspire High School is No. 1 in the state with a 7-0 record. This is the first year he's making the transition from linebacker to defensive tackle and said things are going smoothly.
"It's working a lot better, I got four sacks so far," he said.
To prepare for college ball, Hill said he might not play basketball this season because it overlaps with football, and he wants more time to train.
"I love it, I've been playing since my freshman year," he said about basketball. "But I want to focus on my running and lifting more."