UW commit an All-City selection

Poly Prep tailback P.J. Hill favored Badgers from the beginning of the recruiting process

P.J. Hill, one of Wisconsin's most recent verbal commitments for the class of 2005, was selected to New York Newsday's first-team All-City roster Jan. 2.

Hill, who wrapped up his high school career in November, ran for more than 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, giving him 38 touchdowns and about 3,000 rushing yards over the course of the past two seasons. He ran for more than 4,000 yards and 48 touchdowns in his 3-year varsity career.

"I'm a big back. I'm 5-11, 220," Hill said. "I run a 4.6, decent speed for a big back. I've got good speed but I like to use my power. I'm more of a power back."

"Most of my yards," Hill said, "I had more yards after contact."

Craig Jacoby, Hill's coach at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, N.Y., said that in addition to Wisconsin, Hill was recruited by Syracuse, Connecticut, Boston College, Rutgers, West Virginia, Vanderbilt and Buffalo.

Hill, though, let Jacoby worry about most of that. Hill did not even know which schools had offered him a scholarship.

"He would just ask me if I was interested in them," Hill said.

"I kept telling people…Wisconsin is at the top of my list," Hill said. "I guess they backed out. They probably thought they didn't have a chance."

Hill said he also had high interest in West Virginia, but the Mountaineers backed off after receiving a commitment from Penn Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.) running back Ed Collington.

The Badgers were Hill's favorite throughout the process, however. Wisconsin offered Hill a scholarship last spring.

"They offered me…before these schools were interested in me," Hill said of his other suitors.

Hill managed his 1,400-yard season and 18 rushing touchdowns despite spraining his ankle and suffering turf toe in Poly Prep's first game of the season.

"I had to fight through those injuries," Hill said. "But I still played."


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