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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JollyFatMan's picture

Glad to have him.. just someone tell him to not beat up on my high school this season. :P

How firm thy friendship..

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Welcome home, Hill! Can never have enough playmakers.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Congratulations to George & the Hill family. Great way to start off 2016.

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otrain2416's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Mr. HIll. Recruiting momentum is picking up fast hang on guys!


We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

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osu407's picture

He'll fit our offense perfectly.  How lucky to have him be from Ohio and already committed.

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teddyballgame's picture

2016 class has the potential to be #1

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ogdirtyd's picture

Great way to start the weekend! Congrats Mr. Hill!

Buckeye born and bred, a Buckeye 'til I'm dead.


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FitzBuck's picture

Thanks for making my Father's Day weekend even more enjoyable.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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Hovenaut's picture

Had to be an Ohio kid to start the '16 class off.

Awesome, welcome aboard young man.

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KBonay's picture
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Killer nuts's picture

This is Mark Pantoni:


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KBonay's picture
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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

He's either happy, or he ate some bad chili.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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edr4225's picture


lets go bucks!!

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Can't wait to see his rushing stats senior year after Scott leaves. Kid is simply dynamic.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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703Buckeye's picture

Scott and Hill together for Hubbard this year is going to be a devastating backfield.

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

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MacG91's picture

He's bigger than Dontre, I see more Curtis Samuel than anyone else. 


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MAVBuck's picture

Now we're ready for a great fathers day weekend!!

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BroJim's picture

Nice to get the 16' ball rolling! Can't wait to see how the 15' class plays out.

I season my simple food with hunger

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Max Power's picture

Great way to start the 16 class! I wonder if OSU has ever signed a RB tandem from the same high school. (If LJ Scott also commits that is) Hubbard has an embarrassment of riches at running back. Two division 1 prospects vying for carries is quite the problem to have

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BassDropper's picture

Reminds me of Melvin Gordon.


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Buck Commander's picture

Welcome Hill Family and most of all You George thanks for making Fathers Day so much better ......BOOM!

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Projected as H back or RB?  Current frame suggests H back, but I can't help but watch his highlights and envision him running lower to the ground with 40 extra pounds of muscle. What a talent. Can't wait to watch what he does with all that potential. 

Read my entire screen name....

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Mortc15's picture

A great commit to the start class. A guy that's always been a buckeye at heart! 


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Hilliard WB's picture

Wow, only a sophomore and he can move like that? Great things are coming his way if he keeps it up, welcome aboard.  Cannot wait to see him join the arsenal of game-breakers at OSU.  

S-Row the Best Row

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Ahh Saturday's picture

Great start to the class!! Welcome aboard young man!


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juniorbuck's picture

Congrats George! Hopefully he'll take a leadership role in the class and we can keep all of these great '16 prospects from Ohio in Ohio

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Poison nuts's picture

That film of his is insane. I like the idea of he & Scott at OSU. Would make for a genuine thunder & lightning type duo.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome, George! And congratulations. I wish every Ohio kid felt the same way about the home team.

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KingsRite's picture


“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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BuckeyeGrownFloridaLiving's picture

I'm trademarking this as the start of the #sweet16 class! It will be an amazing one!

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GoBucks713's picture

Welcome Home George. How Firm Thy Friendship.....

-The Aristocrats!

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allinosu's picture

2016 is going to be really special and it has started off that way. Welcome

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Kingbuck12's picture

The best part is that he is from OHIO baby. FREAKING BOOM!!!!!!!


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BengalErnst's picture

No, the best part is that he wants to be a buckeye 

Nicholas l Ernst

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mfoster's picture

Let's see where this young man stands next year. I am a huge Buckeye fan but there are a great number of de-commits around college football.

*Buckeye 4 ever*

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theopulas's picture

Mr. Gloom and Doom......real buzz kill.....we all know how it need for your wishful thinking.....


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HouseHarleyBuilt's picture

Pessimism should be saved for the team up north with the Star Wars character for a head coach. Its easy to see the downside when your team loses as often as it wins.

Treat every opponent as if they are capable of beating you, because guess what? They are.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Had to break this out again - 


"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Yeah he's an ohio kid and his Dream school this kids all in no doubt about it!!! We can hopefully add Demario McCall to the list soon also!! Bang Biscuits!!! 


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irishfury's picture

This kid and Clark won't decommit they grew up buckeye fans.  Very diff then a normal commit.

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buckeyedude's picture

Here we go.....



jamesrbrown322's picture

Way to start off '16!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

Japanese commercials featuring Bob sapp will always get an up vote from me

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DefendYoungstown's picture

#youngstown pipeline continues to produce

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

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sharks's picture


A man got to have a code...

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BuckNutzGasMan's picture

From the self proclaimed gif hater... 2 thumbs up + some UV! :-)

sharks's picture

2x post

A man got to have a code...

FROMTHE18's picture

He chose….wisely.

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Phillips.449's picture

We only have one pick for the 2016 class! Urban has lost his ability to recruit!

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cdkmike's picture

love it kid is special 

Michael green

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WhySoSerious's picture

Bang Bang


bang bang.


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome to the party Geo!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

BuckNutzGasMan's picture

Welcome George Hill.  You deserve way more than 60 message board comments!! Go Bucks!!

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Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

What a great way to start off the 2016 class!  Congratulations kid!

Citrus's picture



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Phillips.449's picture

I am a fan of any OSU running back named George

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Here-here!  First or last name - I am not prejudiced to this name!!  Love ya, George!!  We're damn glad you are a Buckeye through and through!!

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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osubuckeye4life's picture

I love it! A life long Buckeye and a homegrown kid.


Welcome to The Ohio State University Mr. Hill!!