Follow Up: Hill all Vol

Derek Dooley and the Volunteer coaching staff may have just filled out their 2012 running back class. They did it with a 220-pound bruiser from Alliance, Ohio. Read as InsideTennessee.com brings you up to speed.

Derek Dooley and his staff really rolled out the red carpet for some big high school prospects during their July camp, but one player felt a little underrated heading into the weekend — Alden Hill.

"I had been waiting to go there, I was really excited to come in and show them what I got," said Hill, who committed to Tennessee on Tuesday evening.

At 6-foot-2 there was a little bit of concern as the whether his weight of 220 pounds was accurate.

"They were kind of spectacle of my frame holding 220 pounds. The coaches couldn't believe that I was that big watching me on film. They were surprised that I could get down and move like I did for my size.

"They wanted to see me in person. Once I got down there they were like ‘Wow, I can't believe you are 220 pounds. You don't look it at all. You look lean and that's what we are looking for.'"

All it took was an electronically-timed 4.6-second 40-yard-dash time on a natural grass field for Dooley to become extremely interested in the Ohio native.

"Coach Dooley and the running backs coach were following me around constantly at the camp. They were really impressed with my speed."

Hill also was impressed that Dooley wasn't just looking for football players, but all-around good people.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley and his staff added their third commitment in two days with the addition of Hill.
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"Coach Dooley said that they don't offer guys that they don't want. They don't put offers out there because they can't get another guy.

"They are very particular in who they offer. They do background checks, interviews, check their academics and make sure they have a good head on their shoulders and then they pick them. It is more than just football."

Hill, who will enroll early, can't wait to get a glimpse of Tennessee's new weight facility that is currently under construction.

"They have a $45 million complex going in, which is going to be really nice. I got to see a video of that and I am very excited to see that."

Not only does Hill offer power out of the backfield, but his hands at receiver proved to be an asset as well.

"I didn't drop any passes at camp, which is always a good thing. We run the triple option at home, so you have to be able to catch and read the pitch, but also we run passing routes."

After talking to Hill earlier in the evening, when he said Tennessee and Connecticut would battle for his services, he decided just minutes later that the Southeastern Conference was just too much to pass up.

"I felt it was the right place for me to be. I just talked to coach Dooley and went ahead and committed. The southern hospitality, all the coaches were super nice to me and they seemed like they wanted me pretty bad.

"Everyone talks about the SEC being the biggest and the best, but until you get down here you don't realize it. They definitely live up to their stature and their name. They just look at football a whole different way. It is definitely football-oriented in the south, which always makes it better for the kids playing for them."

As a junior at Marlington High, Hill amassed 2,247 yards and reached the end zone 33 times on the ground. He also added 65 yards receiving and two more touchdowns.

Hill also collected All-Ohio Associated Press Div. III Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2010.


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