September 12, 2010

LSU commit loves Tide visit

Among the elite prospects in town to watch Alabama's dominant performance against Penn State were several prospects who have already committed to another school. Four-star running back Jeremy Hill committed to LSU nearly a year ago but the Baton Rouge (LA) Redemptorist star decided to take a visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend to check out the Crimson Tide.

"I got there about five minutes before kickoff so unfortunately I missed out on getting to hang out with some of the other recruits," said Hill. "The atmosphere at the game was amazing. The team played great and the crowd was loving it. There was just a really warm feeling about the whole thing. I had a really good time just being and seeing how positive everybody was."

The Crimson Tide coaching staff pitched the 6-foot-1, 220-pound back on the importance Alabama places on having multiple talented running backs and the opportunities that the position could provide in the next few years.

"I talked to pretty much the whole coaching staff after the game, including Coach Saban for a few minutes. I talked to Coach McElwain a little more. They talked to me a lot about how important it is for them to have lots of great running backs. Mark (Ingram) will probably be gone after this year and Trent (Richardson) could be gone the year after that so there are going to be lots of opportunities for great running backs to get playing time in the next few years here."

While Hill isn't ready to say that's he opened his recruitment up, he is making a concerted effort to take a fair look at other schools to make sure he's made the right decision.

"I would say that right now I'm trying to enjoy the recruiting process and also make sure that I'm making the right decision. I don't want Singing Day to roll around and find myself second guessing my decision."

Hill is coming off a spectacular performance Friday night for Redemptorist in which he ran for 284 yards and 4 touchdowns in a nationally televised contest.

"I think that game was a great opportunity for me to show what I can do as a player and hopefully it will get some notice from people outside Louisiana. I really would love to get invited to one of the All-American games so I can get a chance to show what I can do against the best players in the country. I'm really proud of my team and especially my offensive line and I think what happened Friday could be the start of something big for us as a team."

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