Vandy and Georgia LB Share a Close Bond

A little over a month ago, linebacker prospect, D.J. Hill, reported to Scout.com that he was planning to take a road trip up to Vanderbilt for a little visit. Well, the 6-1, 215 pound athlete stuck to his plan, and took the drive up to Nashville to check things out. Find out inside how things went on his visit plus much more!

"I went up to Vanderbilt for Junior Day," the highly talented linebacker prospect told VandyMania.com in a recent interview. "Vanderbilt is a very nice place. The campus is real nice, the coaches are nice, and the academics seem real good. I just loved the campus, and everything that was going on out there."

Vanderbilt was the second program to offer the 6-foot-1, 215 pound athlete out of Newton High School, with his first tender coming from Ole Miss. Hill also informed us that an ACC school has emerged on the table with an offer; Virginia. Along with his three scholarship offers, Hill shared that he has been drawing interest from Georgia and Georgia Tech as of late.

Last fall D.J. played quite a significant role on both sides of the football field for Newton High School. Defensively, the headhunter received credit for 90 tackles, and intercepted 4 passes, returning 3 of them for scores. Offensively, he rushed for 563 yards, and had an overall total of 10 touchdowns.

From the sound of things, Hill made quite a few plays on the football field last fall that were simply worthy of a quality highlight film. And in actuality, it was his junior season highlight reel that got the fire started between him and the SEC contender. Hill explains, "The head coach (Bobby Johnson) came down and saw my highlight tape," Hill said. "When he saw it, he really liked it. And it wasn't much longer before the offer came. So that's pretty much how everything got started with Vanderbilt."

Since offering the emerging star out of Georgia a scholarship, the 'Dores have been keeping very close tabs on Hill to show there genuineness. Assistant coach Kitchings has been primarily designated for this task and according to Hill, It has been so far so good, "Coach Kitchings is the recruiter for my area," he said. "We have a very good relationship. We talk every week. We talk about some of everything. We have a really close relationship."

Although Hill's relationship with Vanderbilt appears to be pretty stable, the ‘Dores may still have a little bit of ground to make up with him, being that the Rebels were the first to offer him back in the fall of ‘09. And with the new player Virginia in the mix, who knows how things will pan out. But we will certainly keep you posted on the very latest, so stay tuned for more!


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