June 3, 2011

Ohio RB hoping for MSU offer

One of the players that the Michigan State staff is looking forward to seeing this summer is running back Alden Hill of Marlington High School in Ohio. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound power-back has an impressive list of scholarships and is hearing regularly from the Spartan staff. Spartanmag.com caught up with Hill and got the latest on his recruitment.

Last fall Hill put up record setting numbers for Marlington High School. He rushed for 2247-yards and scored 35 touchdowns while leading Marlington to a 13-1 record and a spot in the Ohio State Semi-Finals. He was named County Player of the Year by multiple media sources and was also named 1st Team All-Ohio and Offensive Player of the Year in Ohio for Division III.

Hill has seen his stock steadily rise the last few months and during the May evaluation period he saw his offer list grow considerably with several BCS teams. We asked him about his latest offers and what he thinks about them.

"I was offered by Pitt, he said. They have a new staff and want to turn the program around. They want me to be an all-purpose back which would be a great opportunity. Northwestern wants me to be a big back that pounds the ball on multiple carries. Coach Fitzgerald is a great coach who believes academics is just as important as winning. Virginia wants me to run the ball for them continuously in the ACC. Coach Lazor is very enthusiastic about their offer."

Along with offers from Pitt, Virginia and Northwestern, Hill also holds scholarships from Vanderbilt, Boston College, UConn and a host of MAC programs. In all he has a dozen scholarship on the table with more likely to come. Hill has a busy schedule set for this summer and he gave us a rundown of his plans and his thought process about making his college choice.

"I am going to camp at Ohio State, Tennessee, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana. I plan on making my decision either during my football season right after the end of it. I believe if you are going to college for four years you just don't want it to be the right fit, you want it to be perfect."

One of the reasons why Hill has seen his stock rise is due to the fact that he has shown that not only can he run with power, but he has the speed to take it the distance. This spring Hill qualified for the district finals in the 100-Meters, clocking a person best of 11.0 seconds.

As far as the Spartans go, Hill informed us that he has been in regular contact with the Michigan state staff throughout the process.

"I keep in contact with Coach Narduzzi and Coach Salem. I have meet with both of them several times. Coach Narduzzi called on the last day of recruiting and we had a good long talk about where I stand. He said there is a real good chance of me receiving an offer. He said to be patient because they are the slowest college recruiters. He said they would rather offer a player at camp and know that the guy is for real rather than offering somebody before then and not being as confident. They believe I will prove myself at camp and I see no reason why I won't."

If Michigan State offers, they will have a lot of things going for them in possibly landing Hill. The fact that the Spartans are known as a power run team and did not sign a running back last year is a strong factor. Edwin Baker and Larry Caper both being juniors this fall is another positive. Having his teammate, Zach Higgins, already committed certainly does not hurt as well.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Hill in the coming weeks. We expect his offer list will expand between now and when he attend the Spartan Elite Player Camp. Before all is said and done, Hill will likely be ranked one of the top running back recruits in the entire Midwest.

Matt's Take: Michigan State loves to pound the ball and Hill is a punishing runner that can put a hurt on the opposition. Hill reminds us of former Spartan Jehuu Caulcrick. If Michigan State is able to add Hill to the Spartan family, look for them to add a smaller, quick back to complement him. The Spartan staff would love to form another "Thunder and Lightning: combination like they had in 2007 when Caulcrick scored 21 touchdowns and Javon Ringer rushed for over 1000-yards.

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