Hill Makes Fourteen

By Alex on June 27, 2012 at 2:26p
GRAAAAAAAAAAY BOX
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The good times continue to roll this week for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Just a day after the Bucks secured the services of ATH Darron Lee, one of the nation's top defensive tackles in Pendleton (SC) Michael Hill gave his verbal pledge to Urban Meyer.

The 6-2/315 Hill is a consensus four star prospect across all recruiting services and is ranked as the fifth best at his position by Rivals, twelfth best by 247 Sports, fourteenth best by Scout, and seventeenth best by ESPN/Scout's Inc. He held offers from LSU, Clemson, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, and many others before committing to Ohio State.

The Buckeyes found themselves in a fortunate situation with the mammoth lineman, as he grew up rooting for the program despite growing up in South Carolina. He followed through on his childhood fandom by making a visit with his father to Columbus a few weeks ago. He made a couple of other visits following his trip to OSU and was supposed to narrow his list down to a top three, but decided he found a home and committed to Ohio State earlier today. 

In Hill the Buckeyes get an outstanding defensive lineman who has the ability to come in and step right into the role Jonathan Hankins will hold this year on the defense, something very few, if any of the current players or other verbal pledges have the capability to do. This is a huge pull for Urban Meyer as he continues his quest to compile the best recruiting class for 2013 on the national level.

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Maestro's picture

So the spots are filling up quickly.

vacuuming sucks

Maestro's picture

Needs to work on technique.  Goes to his knees too quickly IMHO, but the kid is obviously a monster.

vacuuming sucks

avail31678's picture

Could be, but if that's the case, I would think that's an easy fix once coached here at OSU (Urban or whomever just says "No.  Don't do that."). 

Alex's picture

Our defensive line = unreal

David Sokol's picture

Unreal is an understatement.

How about mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, or dreamy?

rkylet83's picture

This is exactly the type of DT we want to have.  Reminds me a bit of a Glenn Dorsey type of player.  Coach Meyer is building a monster defensive line.

spqr2008's picture

"a huge pull", I see what you did there

Squirrel Master's picture

The thing I like most is that it is footage from only 2 games. That is alot of action. He seems relentless and pretty powerful.
Lets see, in 2014 the possible D-line could be: Noah Spence, Tommy Schutt, Billy Price, Joey Bosa as the starters. Backups: Adolphus Washington, Sevon Pittman, Michael Hill, Tracy Sprinkle.
That is 3 four stars  or higher playing backup however you look at it!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

juventas's picture

Lets see, in 2014 the possible D-line could be: Noah Spence, Tommy Schutt, Billy Price, Joey Bosa as the starters. Backups: Adolphus Washington, Sevon Pittman, Michael Hill, Tracy Sprinkle.
 
Don't foregt that if Michael Bennett were to stay, he would be a Senior in 2014:)

Squirrel Master's picture

Steve Miller as well. There will be some talented holdovers from the Tressel era. We could also see Chris Carter finally find his niche at DT. this is just getting ridiculous and we don't even talk about the back 7 which is getting almost as deep!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

buck-I.8's picture

Hayes, Hale, and Chase Farris were also 4 stars on 247. Depth for years

Buckeyejason's picture

My projected 2014 d-line..I know it sounds stupid but whatevs..
Washington or Ferris, Bennett, Schutt or Hale, Spence or Miller
backups..Moore, Pittman, Carter, Hill, Price, Sprinkle, Bosa, Hayes.

BUCKEYES BABY!

tennbuckeye19's picture

He's listed as the #1 player out of South Carolina. I know he says he grew up a Buckeye fan and all, and I don't know about the amount of high school football talent in the state, but that's pretty awesome to get Hill to commit to OSU when he's got offers from both Clemson & South Carolina (not to mention other big-time SEC offers).

703Buckeye's picture

South Carolina isn't a deep state, but they do produce some very good top of the line recruits every year.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

juventas's picture

If other teams can't score, I guess they can't win? lol  #sick #d

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Damn. These kids are so big now coming out of high school. Jesus. 315 lbs?!!?

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Alex's picture

but, but, but Urban is missing on everyone

tennbuckeye19's picture

Assuming Baker commits tomorrow, making 16, what do we do with the other 4 (or so) spots? 2 wide receivers and 2 O-lineman? 2 WR, 1 RB, & 1 OL?

Alex's picture

Baker would make 15...leaving 5 spots IMO....

1 ATH/RB (whatever they decide to do or who they can get i.e. Vonn Bell, Derrick Green, Taquan Mizzell, Whitfield, etc)

1-2 WR (Foster, Quick, Gibson, Allen, etc.)

1-2 OL (Finley, TBD?)

1 LB 

Chad Peltier's picture

Getting any number of those names would make this class just too ridiculous. 

Squirrel Master's picture

BURN!!!!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BuckeyeW's picture

now this is more like it. I feel like that dog below this thread on the home page.
welcome aboard. 

millertime2011's picture

People think we are "missing" on OL. With the speed we're getting and the d-line we're getting, i think we could play with no OL and still win. They can't beat us if they can't score.

Squirrel Master's picture

Well not to mention some of these D-line players can also play OL. Plus I like the talent on the OL from this year: Dodson, Decker, O'connor, Boren, Elflien and Lisle is already on board for next year.   I think the Oline will be fine if a few guys choose to go somewhere else. 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

AcrossTheField11's picture

The two deep on the DL over the next few years is going to be ridiculous...
Don't get me wrong, I'm extatic about this pickup... but I wonder if the logjam on the D-line might effect Da'Shawn Hand's eventual decision, thusly effecting Raekwon McMillan's decision. 
Doesn't matter though.  This defense is going to be so sick for years to come.  I'm excited to see how they'll eventually stack up against the 2011 Alabamas / LSUs, 2008 USCs, and 2002 OSUs.
Keep up the good work Urban and crew.  Thankful to have you.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

tankman's picture

We should be able to beat Purdue in 2014.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Let's freakin hope so. 

Chad Peltier's picture

It's in Columbus, so yes, it's possible now. 

buck-I.8's picture

I think Hand will be at Bama when it's all said and done, and McMillan sounds set on OSU or UGA, so I don't think Hand's decision really affects his.

AcrossTheField11's picture

I'd just heard that McMillan had said somewhere that he'd commit to OSU on the spot if Hand committed because they are buddies and he wants to play behind a stellar line... He'll be playing behind a stellar line regardless of who we do or don't get from here on out.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

buck-I.8's picture

Yeah that's true, but I feel that if Hand should commit it will help us with McMillan, but if he doesn't it won't hurt us.

AGL's picture

Defense wins,  hopeful for Bell,  that would be too HUGE!!  saw some comments on another thread regarding speculative position  offers, did not see any DT,  mostly OL, WR, maybe a LB.  Now @ 14 verbals, how many more can TOSU take ?
Going to be a very impressive defense.  Time will tell.
 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye Nation Michael!!!  Looking forward to watching you destroy our offensive opponents!!!

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buckeye76BHop's picture

Baker who? Adrian Baker doesn't have an offer..yet.  Hill is just another great addition to what should be a champion caliber type Dline for years to come.  Not to mention some of the LBs and DBs may help just a bit.  The defense is going to be sick for years to come IMO.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

BenArazi4's picture

 
If Baker were to commit, he'd be the most underrated player in the class.  Kid is a beast and probably would be one of our top pick ups.  His highlight film looks like a poor man's Calvin Johnson.

 
 
 

David Sokol's picture

Soooo much depth. Urban's philosophy: the best players play, no seniority.

We'll definitely have a few transfers as things play out, but that's the way it works with so much talent.

Steve_Not_Chad's picture

This philosophy makes me happy.

Bucks43201's picture

I wonder if the #'s in this class filling up fast are going to put the pressure on other guys to pull the trigger soon, (i.e.: Gibson)

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

tennbuckeye19's picture

Since its been said that grades are the issue with Gibson, I'm not sure how he can 'pull the trigger soon' if he has to improve his grades before he can commit. 

buck-I.8's picture

If he has to improve his grades before he can commit, then I'm not sure we see him in this class. Should the chips fall with two of Foster, Quick, Stringfellow, Boyd, Simmons, Allen, North, etc. then I think he gets left out. He's got a long time to go before he even has an opportunity to raise his grades. We're talking like until October/November until improvement can be accurately guaged if that's truly what's being waited upon.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yeah IDK if it was really grades, or whatever, but that was the rumor on why he didn't commit on the 20th. Interestingly, not that I put too much stock in it, but Rivals has his GPA listed as 3.1 . 

Bucks43201's picture

ohh, I didn't know it was an academics issue...I like Foster & Quick more anyways...and, actually Allen a lot, too. Hope we can get at least one or two of those guys.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Rural Meyer's picture

I think this is eluding to Urban converting Billy Price to the o-line now that we have another DL prospect

BeanvilleBuck's picture

^ that was my first thought

"Winning takes care of everything. - Woody Hayes"

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

Gotta think this closes the door on Munger being in this class doesn't it? Great get for 2013. This kid had an offer sheet that some 5 stars don't have.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I agree, with other needs OSU has, Hill's commitment leaves Munger out of this class, unless they want him at OL.

Steve_Not_Chad's picture

Not trying to be a downer, but with this much talent at DL I can see some transfers in the next couple of years.

703Buckeye's picture

Whoever doesn't make the cut will be replaced by someone who will.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

BuckinBama's picture

I don't think Urban will EVER shut down DL recruiting. Huge DTs, cat quick DEs, LBs that run like DBs, and DBs that can fly. Hmmm sounds like an SEC defense to me. I don't think our DL depth will impact a TRULY elite prospect such as Hand because there will be a rotation.

cinserious's picture

Imagine rotating the D-line on every defensive series. The starters stay fresh all game and the 'backups' are four and five star guys with no drop-off in talent. When linemen come in they will be fresh and hungry to do some serious damage.

Gone ham, be back soon...

DMcDougal24's picture

I tried asking in a different thread but maybe you can answer here.. Any word on Corn Elder? He's one of my favorite recruits but I get the impression that he may be behind Mizzell/Green/Bell/Whitfield based on your earlier post. 
His offer sheet isn't anything to write home about, but his highlight video is Reggie Bush-like

Alex's picture

says he's very interested but let him visit first

Buckeyejason's picture

All I need to know is that Bama, LSU and Clemson offered. They are D-line factories as of late. Welcome to Buckeye nation!

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeyejason's picture

Big hank 2.0

BUCKEYES BABY!

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

ESPN, the alleged worldwide leader in sports, said Hill had an offer from Michigan. Welcome aboard, Michael. The DL looks great for many years to come.

Buckeyejason's picture

2013 we could possibly have 7 300 plus pound defensive tackles in the rotation
Hankins, Bellamy, Hale, Schutt, carter, Price, Hill. That's crazy! In years past we'd be lucky to have one or two.

BUCKEYES BABY!

ShadyBuckeye's picture

With these last 2 commits I think my dream class of Bell, Green, Foster, Gibson, Anzalone, Lewis Neal and a couple O-Lineman is officially dead. I would be extremely happy with the first 3 I mentioned and a top notch O-Lineman.

CowCat's picture

Loved the highlight reel.  Big Daddy 2.0 ?
I'm always impressed when a kid chooses to move several states away to Columbus, even with an offer from the home state school.  In this case he had an offer from South Carolina/Spurrier and chose us.
Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Michael! 

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

tennbuckeye19's picture

And he had a Clemson offer as well.

nickma71's picture

He was offered by most of the SEC, including Alabama.

Buckeyejason's picture

In Hill the Buckeyes get an outstanding defensive lineman who has the ability to come in and step right into the role Jonathan Hankins will hold this year on the defense, something very few, if any of the current players or other verbal pledges have the capability to do
 
Didnt we get Tommy Schutt? 6'3" 300 lb.'er with athletism. Seems like we have a player on campus already that can do "Hank like" things on the line in the future. Is it because he's white ? Lol jk.

BUCKEYES BABY!

buck-I.8's picture

It seemed to me Schutt isn't the same type of player, but he may be even better. In his tape, he just outmuscles everyone, throwing players down in pursuit of the QB/ballcarrier. But watch Hankins' high school tape and Hill's tape, and you'll see the similarities. They're both quick bursters off the line, but what impresses me is that they don't always try to bullrush the QB, they stay in their block, steer it the way they want to be, and use those long arms and giant paws to grab the ballcarrier. That's advanced DT technique and I can't wait to see this kid perfect it, and hopefully Hank will still be around to help.
As far as Schutt, he barrels through everyone, which is great, but he'll need a different strategy in college ball, as OLs won't typically be as weak as the high school competition he plays against.

Buckeyejason's picture

All I know is Schutt lined up next to Hill with possibly Bosa and Washington at the ends in 2015 is nice to think about.

BUCKEYES BABY!

buck-I.8's picture

Where's Noah Spence going? haha. he's the one I'm most excited to watch.

Buckeyejason's picture

In my strange mind of fantasy buckeye football, Spence is 3 and out. He'll have a huge jr season and leave school early. Just my projection.

BUCKEYES BABY!

cinserious's picture

This is really exciting. I'm not sure how technically sound this dude is yet but I like his ablity to bull rush his way through o-linemen. Hopefully he is nimble on his feet and once he gets here we put him on the micky marotti strength program and fickle and vrabel can school him on technique. Welcome to the Ohio State family mr. Hill. You've come to the right place to win "multiple" national championships and get developed for an outstanding NFL career.

Gone ham, be back soon...

Buckeyejason's picture

It'd be nice to just get "one" national championship, considering how hard it is.

BUCKEYES BABY!