Hill is supposed to call me this morning (Friday) before I fly to Mississippi so check back for a Q&A.
GAINESVILLE -- The nation's top-ranked high school safety committed to Florida tonight on ESPNU. Will Hill of Jersey City, N.J., is the second five-star safety recruit to join the Gators 2008 recruiting class. Dee Finley of Auburn, Ala., another safety commitment, is rated No.2 nationally at his position.
"[Hill] is a great kid and good student and he's going to bring a lot of leadership and savvy to Florida," Hill's high school coach Rich Hansen said. "He's a player Florida will be able to build things around."
Hansen has certainly built things around Hill. The coach is 34-1 over the past four seasons with Hill in the starting line up. Hill has started at safety for Jersey City St. Peter's Prep since his freshman season. He began playing quarterback his sophomore season. A little bit of Will Hill trivia: The only high school team to beat Hill (Don Bosco in a 2006 state championship game) featured current Florida defensive end Justin Trattou.
Last week, Hill (pictured) told The Miami Herald that he would end the recruiting process and commit this week if his official visit to Gainesville went well. Things apparently went very well. Hill had an official visit scheduled for USC but he will not take that trip now, according to his high school coach.
Hill plays safety and quarterback for New Jersey St. Peter's Prep. The 6-3, 203-pound athlete runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. If Hill commits to Florida, many people think Finley of Auburn, Ala., will decommit and remain in Alabama. I'm not one of those people, especially since Auburn is on Florida's schedule this season and the Tigers don't stand a chance if they can't find a quarterback.
My take: expect either Hill or Finley to be converted to a weak-side linebacker. Freshman Jerimy Finch made this transition during the preseason and it seems both Hill and Finley are cut from the same mold. Finch was the nation's top-rated safety of last year's recruiting class. He broke his leg last week against Tennessee and will seek a medical redshirt for this season.
LIST OF CURRENT 2008 FLORIDA COMMITMENTS (Note: These commitments are non-binding oral agreements. Players sign in Feb.)
Jeremy Brown, DB, (5-10, 163 pounds), Orlando
Dee Finley, DB, (6-3, 210 pounds), Auburn, Ala.
Franklin Green, RB, (5-11, 201 pounds), Savannah, Ga.
Will Hill, Ath, (6-3, 210 pounds), Jersey City, N.J.
Janoris Jenkins, DB, (5-10, 167 pounds), Pahokee
Earl Okine, K, (5-11, 180 pounds), Saint Augustine
Chaz Sutton, DE, (6-4, 236 pounds), Savannah, Ga.
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