Poly Prep tailback visiting Wisconsin

The Badgers will entertain bruising runner P.J. Hill this weekend. Is a commitment on the way?

P.J. Hill, a tailback at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, N.Y., will make an official visit to the University of Wisconsin this weekend. It will be his first official visit and it could be his last, Poly Prep coach Craig Jacoby said.

"He has other visits scheduled for January but depending on how it goes this weekend will determine whether or not those actually happen," Jacoby said.

Jacoby declined to say which schools Hill might visit in January, but did state that his star runner is being recruited by Syracuse, Connecticut, Boston College, Rutgers, West Virginia, Vanderbilt and Buffalo.

So is Wisconsin Hill's favorite?

"The only thing I'm going to tell you is depending upon how it goes this weekend will determine if he goes anywhere else," Jacoby said. "Is that a good enough clue?"

Hill, a bruising 5-foot-11, 220-pound running back, actually began his varsity career his sophomore season as a starting linebacker while assuming a role in a four-player tailback rotation. Three games into that season, though, Hill became the Blue Devils' feature runner and finished his sophomore campaign with 1,013 yards and 10 touchdowns on 143 carries, according to New York Newsday. Hill ran for 1,520 yards and 20 touchdowns on 154 carries the following season.

According to the New York Daily News, Hill sprained ankle his ankle in the Blue Devils' season opener this fall and suffered turf toe in week three but he fought through the injuries and enjoyed another productive season.

Hill garnered 228 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in a week four win. He then ran for 336 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries in a 46-28 win over Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, Pa.), after which he claimed that he was not quite 100 percent.

A week later, Hill ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 203-yard, 25-carry, two-touchdown performance in Poly Prep's 21-7 win over Central HS in Brooksville, Fla., in a season-ending game in Orlando.

According to a Florida newspaper, the Hernando Today, Hill's performance in that matchup prompted Central coach John Wilkinson to say, "He's a D-I back. He's a load. I'm surprised they didn't give him the ball every single time."

That Nov. 15 story also quoted Jacoby as saying, "With any luck he'll be doing that for Wisconsin next year."

Thursday afternoon, Jacoby was less explicit, except when discussing Hill's qualities as a football player.

"Just an explosive running back. Guy could change the difference in the game at any moment when he touched the ball," Jacoby said. "Not the fastest guy but a real big, powerful back that once he got his head of steam, very tough to bring down. He's a unique runner because his second 20 of his 40 is faster than his first 20. He gets in the open field, he can do something."

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