Like many born and raised in the Buckeye State, George Hill grew up wanting to wear the scarlet and gray on Saturdays during the fall.
On Saturday, the Hubbard junior took a huge step toward realizing that dream. Following a college visit to Ohio State, Hill verbally committed to becoming the first member of the Buckeye football team's recruiting class of 2016, his high school coach, Brian Hoffman, confirmed. Hoffman was in Columbus when Hill committed.
"Being able to play in your home state I think is something that is pretty special," Hoffman said. "I can't speak for him on every part of it, on what his thinking is, but I know that Ohio State had a place in his heart and I think his family's as well. So, when he had the opportunity to meet those coaches and have a chance to see the campus and take it all, I think that's why he decided that Ohio State is the place he wants to play when he graduates."
Hoffman said the Ohio State coaching staff took notice of Hill after his sophomore season, taking a look at his game film and contacting the 6-foot running back in the winter.
Hill had a coming-out party during his sophomore season, starting the year spelling starter and then-junior L.J. Scott, who has offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State, University of Pittsburgh, Tennessee and West Virginia, amongst others. Hill took advantage of every chance he got, averaging 10.7 yards per carry in the regular season, amassing 859 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns.
Considering Hill's age, Hoffman said he still has a lot of room for improvement, and that should prove trouble for opposing defenses, which will now need to account for two future collegiate Division I athletes.
"I think his (Hill's) biggest asset is he has the capability of breaking long plays every time he touches the ball," Hoffman said. "He has great feet, vision and I think he's growing. He has some God-given skills in terms of speed that not every individual is going to have. As long as he continues to improve as a player and as a person, I think he's going to be a very good football player in the future."