Bulloch Academy (Statesboro, GA) two-way standout Rodney Hill revealed Arkansas State, Colorado, Georgia Southern, Liberty, Michigan State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Troy, Virginia, and West Virginia as his top 10 schools in a February 7 tweet. As it turns out, one school was in much stronger position than the rest.
Seventeen days later, Hill, who goes by the nickname of “Deuce”, announced his verbal commitment to the University of Virginia.
“It’s the right place for me. I’ve been leaning towards them for awhile,” Hill wrote in an interview via Twitter direct message. “I just felt like it was time to [commit].”
“Why not UVA is what I say,” Hill answered when asked why he chose the Hoos over offers from the above schools as well as Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. “It’s an amazing place with great academics and the coaching staff is amazing. They all treat you like family. The overall school and the facilities is very nice and I loved it. Very nice place.”
It seems clear that Hill was a priority target for the Hoos, who offered a scholarship in October of 2020.
“Everyday we were either texting or on FaceTime, just talking sometimes about football and sometimes about just life in general,” Hill wrote of his interaction with the UVA coaching staff. “It was good talks with them and I loved it.”
Hill plays on both sides of the ball at Bulloch and was pursued by some – Minnesota, for example – to play safety. Virginia offered the 6’0”, 185-pound junior as an H-Back, where Hill will have the opportunity to make a lot of catches and get some rushes as well.
“They compared me to Olamide [Zaccheaus],” wrote Hill, who plays a similar role in Bulloch’s offense. MaxPreps has statistics from five of his games in 2020, and according to that site he totaled 569 yards including 312 yards receiving and 257 yards rushing.
H-Back “fits my abilities,” Hill wrote. “The jets and the sweeps and the routes that I’ll run will help me. We had a virtual film time and I saw everything that I’ll be doing at UVA at the H position. I’m doing the same thing that Olamide and (Joe) Reed did.”
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