Just a few days ago, I brought up the fact that I was quite shocked that Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) 2016 corner-back LaVert Hill had yet to receive an in-state offer from either Michigan or Michigan State and I wasn’t the only who felt this way.
Well I guess it’s true when they say there is power in words because on Tuesday morning, the Michigan Wolverines extended an offer to Hill, who announced the news of his seventh scholarship offer on Twitter.
LaVert (@VertHill) July 22, 2014
Although, I mentioned that there is power in words, I can’t let my words and other people’s words take the credit because at the end of the day, Hill earned this offer off of his own pure skill and talent.
Now for those who don’t know, Hill is the younger brother of current Michigan sophomore safety Delano Hill. Just like his brother, Hill is a pure cover corner that has very plenty of athleticism just like his brother.
Nevertheless, Hill is his own person, who brings his own skill set and style to position. Plus when you consider the fact Cass Tech defensive coordinator Jermain Crowell has said that younger Hill is the best he’s ever coached, you don’t take that lightly, especially when you considering the multiple corner-backs that Cass Tech has produced over the years.
When you consider that Cass Tech defensive coordinator Jermain Crowell has coached many collegiate, BCS-level and even NFL type talents in the secondary, his statement about sophomore cornerback LaVert Hill carries even more weight.
“He’s going to be the best guy I’ve ever coached,” Crowell said to Scout.com
“He’s physically gifted like his brother.” Coach Crowell told Allen Trieu of Scout.com. “Delano was the most physically gifted kid I ever coached. He’s 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, low 4.4-high 4.3, 34-35-inch vertical. LaVert might not as physically gifted as Delano but he’s natural, fluid and he does everything effortlessly. He makes it look easy. A lot of the times it doesn’t look like he’s working because you want them to strain, but everything he does looks easy. He’s really good.”
If your someone, who has reservations about Hill’s game, trust me when I say that Hill lives up to all the hype that surrounds him. Rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 240 overall player in the class by Scout.com, Hill already has reported offers from Miami (Fla.), Penn State, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Illinois and Temple.
If his offer list isn’t enough to impress you, than I suggest you look at his film. At 5-foot-8, Hill is an outstanding cover man with great instincts and hip fluidity. He certainly has great speed seeing that he reportedly ran a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash at Miami and Penn State’s football camps and he ran a 4.3 in the 40 yard dash at North Carolina’s camp. On top of all of that, he also has good patience and good technique, plus he has great footwork and an amazing feel for what is coming at him, making it hard for any quarterback who throws his way and any wide receiver who tries to get open and make a play.
Overall, I think Michigan was smart to extend an offer to Hill, he is one of the top corner-backs in the country and he could very well prove to be the No.1 corner in the country by the time he graduates. If you ask me, Michigan has a great chance of grabbing a commitment from him when the time comes. Hill is already very familiar with the campus and program and he has always spoke very highly of Michigan both academically and athletically.
Now that’s not to say it will be easy to grab a commitment from him, because I have no doubt that Hill will gain more offers over the next few years but for now I like Michigan’s chances.
Per 247sports.com, Hill is scheduled to be at this weekend’s recruiting event in Ann Arbor.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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