Introduction: Treydonte Hill

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Recruiting analysts miss. College coaches miss. Pro scouts miss. It happens.

Elite talents fall through the cracks of the scouting game every season at all levels.

Look no further than the NFL's rushing leaders this past season to see it proven as Northern Illinois (Michael Turner) and Fresno State (Ryan Matthews) are represented as less than household names.

Extending down to the high school level, striving to make a name for himself and subsequently earn a football scholarship is Treydonte Hill.

The 5-foot-6, 151-pound speedster took a quantum leap in a positive direction by leaving the De'Vinner Combine at the DI facility in Franklin, Tenn., on Saturday with MVP honors and a rating of 103.59.

"It's amazing. Last year I came here, didn't do quite as well. I don't accept failure, and I had to work hard. I wanted to compete with several top players," said Hill, who mentioned that he looks up to another Volunteer State speedster — Brian Kimbrow.

Helping the Antioch, Tenn., resident to his three-figure rating was a 40-yard dash time of 4.38 seconds with a 20-yard shuttle of 4.43 and a vertical leap of 38 1/2 inches.

After being laser timed at the U.S. Army Combine just over two months ago right at 4.5, Hill remarked on whether or not the sub-4.4 was surprising?

"No sir. I've been working hard. I'm planning on 4.2 by the end of this year."

Hill transferred to Cane Ridge High School from Dickson County for his senior season. He plans to be the No. 1 running back for the Ravens, but said he can contribute in many roles.

"I play running back, receiver, free safety, cornerback. You need a man shut down, I can shut him down. If you need a touchdown, get the ball in my hands. Anything you want me to do — special teams — just to help you win," said Hill, who bench presses 325 pounds and squats 405.

"Anywhere where they say that they think that I'm good enough to play running back, that's where I want to go."

Treydonte Hill

With all that speed, what's the plan when a defender has him squared up in the open field?

"I can go around him. I'll make a move on him. If I can run him over, I'll run him over. If I can't, next time he's going to be down on the ground when I make a move and I'll be in the end zone."

Dickson County finished 8-3 last season with an early exit from the TSSAA Class 6A state playoffs at the hands of Arlington. Cane Ridge didn't make the postseason after going 1-9 and placing sixth in District 12-AAA.

While the blazer doesn't currently have an offer for college ball, he grinned pleasingly at the notion that all could change soon.

"Makes me feel good," Hill said. "Me and my friends came down here thinking, 'Senior year, give it all you got.' I told them, I moved two weeks ago, 'I've been working hard for two weeks. Working hard obviously paid off after all these years.'"

He doesn't have visions of wearing a particular number or a prerequisite of having a certain restaurant in the campus food court. Hill just wants the chance to get his hands on the rock.

"Anywhere where they say that they think that I'm good enough to play running back, that's where I want to go," Hill said.

"I can hit the hole. I can get the job done. I can find the hole, I can make the hole, I can get the job done."

Perhaps one day Hill will get to sprint with some of the faster creatures on earth as he plans to major in Zoology.

"I love animals," he said. "When I was like maybe 9 or 10, I delivered some dogs and ever since then, I've always wanted to be with animals. I love pets.

"When I was younger, my dog came in the house when she was pregnant and something popped out of her. I didn't know what it was. It was a baby. I went and told my grandma. We went to my grandma's room. (The dog) was having trouble having the babies, so I helped her have the babies. One of them died. I nursed it back to health and brought it back to life. I think she had 12 or 13 babies."

He has already registered an ACT score of 18.

"Early my life, I did not pay attention to school. I thought it was all sports. I've tightened up in the past year. I've finally figured out that you need education. Education and sports matter," Hill said.

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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