Hill moves from offense to defense for Pierce

A player making the switch from offense to defense this year is L.A. Pierce CB Martin Hill (5-1, 185). Even though he's never played on the defensive side of the ball, the talented athlete has already reeled in three offers and more could be on the way...

Hill prepped at Lutheran North (St. Louis, Mo.) High School and was a standout running back and wide receiver, but when he failed to qualify academically, he decided a change was necessary and he made the trek out to the West Coast to continue his football career.

"The coaches here were really great and they showed me how much they wanted me," Hill told JCFootball.com. "I played wide receiver this past year, but when the coaches came to me and said they thought I'd be a better fit at corner, I didn't argue. I figured I would give it a try and I think it's been a good move."

As a freshman in 2011, Hill posted 16 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns and he feels the skills that made him such a solid wideout will help him at corner.

"I have good ball skills, probably better than most DBs, so that's what will help set me apart," Hill said. "This offseason I'm working on getting out of my breaks quicker and just recognizing things quickly."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Hill has already hauled in three offers and several other schools have come looking although they want to see more of him before they will drop an offer on him.

"I have offers from New Mexico State, Fresno State and Hawaii right now," Hill said. "They all like me at corner, but the other schools that are looking at me want to see more of me before they will offer since all they have is wide receiver film and not film from me playing corner."

Hill said the other schools looking at him include Ole Miss, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Arizona, Baylor and Washington State.

"Right now I'm open to anyone that wants to offer and I will consider anyone that offers," Hill said. "I'm just excited to get these early offers and that helps me know where I stand right now."

Hill is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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