Four-star DBs Hill & Boyd Commit to Texas

If Charlie Strong and his staff are having trouble recruiting the state of Texas, someone might want to let them know as two of the most heavily recruited players from the Lone Star State – and America - just committed to the Longhorns.

Four-star cornerbacks Kris Boyd (Gilmer, Texas) and Holton Hill (Houston/Lamar) publicly announced their decision to join Texas on Friday. They are in Austin right now.

These are the kind of players Strong wants in Austin. These kids want to represent the University of Texas.

Corner is a need position and Texas desperately needs skilled corners that can come in and challenge for playing time. Strong needs football players who are ready to play from Day 1 and both of these recruits will do exactly that.

Boyd is the No 2 ranked corner in Texas, the No. 8 corner in the country and the No. 41 player regardless of position in the class of 2015.

The 6-foot, 181-pound DB chose Texas over Texas A&M, and also held offers from Alabama, LSU, and numerous other major programs. Take:

An elite level athlete with a tremendous burst and top-end speed. He plays both ways in high school at RB/WR and CB, but figures to be a defensive player by most once he gets to college and has a desire to play defense in college. Boyd can turn and run. With his size at the position it will give him an advantage in one-on-one coverage against big, elite level wide receivers. All of those skills will make him a very high level rated prospect.

Boyd has great burst, closing speed and size for the corner position. He will flourish under defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn and Charlie Strong.


Boyd helped Gilmer win the Texas Class 4A Division II state championship with a 16-0 record. Boyd was a two-way standout, finishing with 1,052 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 9.8 yards per carry. Boyd caught 36 passes for 808 yards and nine touchdowns, giving him 1,860 yards from scrimmage and 31 touchdowns on 13.0 yards per touch. On defense, Boyd accumulated 43 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, and four pass breakups.


Boyd had a big junior year on both sides of the ball, rushing for almost 1,200 yards and scoring 23 total touchdowns. He also forced two fumbles and recovered another from his spot at cornerback.


As a sophomore, Boyd racked up over 1,400 yards of offense and scored 21 touchdowns and earned 16-3A District Offensive Newcomer of the Year and honorable mention all-state honors.


As if news of Boyd joining Texas wasn't good enough, the Longhorns have also secured a verbal commitment from Hill.

He is the No. 3 CB in Texas, No. 9 CB overall and No. 60 player overall.

Hill held offers from the likes of Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, Texas A&M and LSU. But he ultimately decided that Texas was the right fit for him. Take:

Much like teammate and top 2014 recruit John Bonney, Hill is a versatile defensive back, who could end up playing safety or corner on the next level. He has terrific size and a frame that looks like he will be much bigger by the time he leaves high school. He is not afraid to come up and lay the wood and flies to the football making sound tackles and making his presence known. Will get better and better with more experience.

Hill checks in at 6-foot-2, 180-pounds. He has great anticipation, closing speed and tackling ability. He is one of the purest corners you will find in the class of 2015. Holton Hill simply put a football player not just a kid with speed playing corner. With the addition of Boyd and Hill, Texas has 19 verbal commitments for the class of 2015. Texas has six spots to fill on National Signing Day at this time.


Hill intercepted 12 passes and had 12 pass breakups.

Video of Kris Boyd

Video of Holton Hill

Boyd’s Scout Spotlight Video

Hill’s Scout Spotlight Video


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