Hill Enjoys Texas Visit

Earlier this week, as Texas prepared for its game against Texas Tech, the Longhorns hosted one of the hottest rising seniors in the state to practice.

"It was good," Kolin Hill said of the visit. "I really loved it. I saw a couple players I recognized because they used to play in San Antonio, and saw some the facilities. Overall, it was a cool experience."

The Longhorns noticed Hill (6-2.5 220) during his huge senior season at Schertz Clemens, one that saw Hill make 15 sacks as Clemens went from a winless season his junior year to the playoffs this year.

"During the offseason, we would say things like 'beat Tivy today" in our workout, or beat another school in the weight room today," Hill said. "Things like that motivated us, and made us mad to the point that everybody did extra stuff this summer. We weren't as selfish, and we changed the culture.

"We had some good senior leadership, and my brother and I helped," Hill said. "We set a foundation for them for next season."

Kolin has a fraternal twin Kaleb, with Kolin being two minutes older. Kaleb doesn't quite have Kolin's offer sheet, though both Boise State and Colorado have stepped forward.

Kolin recently picked up a Notre Dame offer, one that he said he was grateful for.

"I think that kind of gave me momentum for other schools to start noticing me," Hill said. "Don't get me wrong, Notre Dame's a great school. But I think a lot of other schools saw that, and they're starting to recruit me."

Texas is a part of that second wave, and it could result in an offer for the defensive end. The Longhorns didn't offer when he visited for practice, nor when he came for the Texas Tech game a few days later, but Hill said one could come later.

If it did, Hill said he would be excited. He enjoyed the practice that he attended, noting that it was "neat, and a lot faster than high school."

"When I attend a practice, I'm looking for whether I can fit well," Hill said. "Within that defense, can I play a role if I commit to that school?

"I did feel that at Texas," Hill said. "I honestly felt I could play a role there. Hopefully, that can happen."

Hill met with the coaches before practice, and Texas coach Mack Brown introduced himself and wife Sally to Hill just after it started.

"I felt very welcomed," Hill said.

Now, Texas will have to decide just how Hill fits, or if he fits, what the Longhorns do on defense. Hill is an excellent athlete with good speed to bend the edge, but Hill acknowledged that his size leaves him in a "'tweener" position between linebacker and end.

"It really depends on what kind of defense they're running at the time," Hill said. "I was watching them work with the defensive ends. But it's really where I can help them put pressure in the QB."

Hill said he can lean on one current Longhorn for support.

"I've known Erik Huhn since I was in the fifth grade, and his parents still live up the street from me," Hill said. "He told me if I have any questions about Texas, to come talk to him. He can give me insight."

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