Running Back George Hill Becomes Ohio State's First Class of 2016 Commit

By John Brandon on June 14, 2014 at 12:48p

Evidently, three was enough for Hubbard running back George Hill as the junior committed to play football for Urban Meyer and Ohio State following his third visit to the school today.

The Hill File

  • Size: 6-0/182
  • Pos: Running Back
  • School: Hubbard (Hubbard, Ohio)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★
  • Composite Rank: No. 5

Hill, a composite four-star talent and a top-five prospect at running back, becomes the first member of the Buckeyes' 2016 class, choosing Ohio State over a handful of schools extending early offers, including Michigan State, Kentucky, West Virginia and Cincinnati.

Ultimately, Hill's comfort-level at Ohio State won out for the Buckeyes in the end. In May, he mentioned his home state school having an edge, saying, “Being from Ohio, I'd just feel more comfortable at Ohio State.”

An Ohio State fan since he was old enough to remember, Hill is getting a chance to play for the school he grew up cheering for. “They've been a favorite of mine since I was little, like four-years-old.”

Hill is very much a home run hitter out of the backfield, but has the frame to become a feature back at the next level. When we spoke to him, Hill described himself as a similar player to Tavon Austin or De'Anthony Thomas, who sliced and diced defenses at West Virginia and Oregon, respectively. Hill brings that versatility and game-breaking ability to Ohio State's backfield, which has quickly become an embarrassment of riches.

As a sophomore, Hill ran for 1,175 yards on just 100 carries – 11.8 yards a touch if you're scoring at home – scoring 15 touchdowns. His Hubbard Eagles won their first 12 games of the season before losing to eventual state champion Akron St. Vincent–St. Mary in a Division III regional championship game.

Hill's commitment gives the Buckeyes verbals in each of the next three classes with Massillon quarterback Danny Clark already pledged for 2017.

Stay with Eleven Warriors for more on George Hill, Ohio State's first verbal pledge for the 2016 class.

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