Summer Trips

While many high school senior football players are getting in a last week at the beach or taking it easy before preseason practice begins, some are making the rounds of their colleges of interest. One of those was at West Virginia University on Thursday to check out the Mountaineer program.

Chris Hill, a 5-11, 170 lb. defensive back from Highland Springs (Va.) High School, was on campus with his parents to learn about the WVU program. The skilled corner wasn't disappointed in what he saw.

"This is the first time I've been to West Virginia, and I was very impressed with the facilities and things I saw there," he said after returning home. "It's a great atmosphere there. It's not too big, and there aren't any distractions. You can play, get your work done there and graduate."

Hill noted that his parents, who accompanied him on the the trip, also liked that fact about WVU's setting.

"It's a good place to play, but you can also get down to work there."

Hill, who plays both cornerback and wide receiver for Highland Springs, is winding up a tour of his schools of interest. His stops this summer included Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina State, Tennessee and West Virginia. He plans to get to Ohio State and Michigan to wrap up his summer itinerary. All of those schools, with others like Louisville, Boston College and Michigan State, have offered the talented two-way performer. Most, like West Virginia, are recruiting him as a cornerback.

The big tour is the first step in Hill's recruiting process. After he finishes his unofficial visits, he will begin to narrow down his schools of interest and pick the five to which he will take official visits during the season.

"West Virginia has a good chance of getting one of my official visits," said Hill. "I don't have any problem playing in a smaller town. I just want to have a good relationship with the coaching staff, and get along with the players there. It all comes down to where I feel the most comfortable, and West Virginia looks pretty good in those areas."

Hill's final decision probably won't be made until late this year or early 2007, but for now West Virginia appears to be a strong competitor for his services.

NOTES

Last year, Hill caught 25 passes for 450 yards and seven touchdowns at wideout. He had "about 30 tackles and three interceptions" at corner. Those performances earned him all-District honors on both sides of the ball. He counts his explosiveness as one of his strengths on the playing field.

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Current WVU cornerback Larry Williams is a graduate of Highland Springs.


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