Stephen Hill leaving Georgia Tech for NFL

Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Hill said he reached the conclusion Tuesday, three days following the end of Tech’s season, after going over pros and cons with his parents and Tech coach Paul Johnson and wide receivers coach Buzz Preston. He has not signed with an agent, and has until Jan. 18 to withdraw his name, but said that there isn’t any chance he’ll re-consider.

“I just have faith that I can rise,” Hill said. “I can rise to the top.”

Hill’s NFL draft evaluation – available to any player with eligibility remaining – said that he did not have the potential be drafted in the first three rounds. Hill acknowledged the possibility that he could go undrafted, but that “just going ahead and getting started with my career, that was my No. 1 focus.”

(Players receive one of five evaluations from the advisory board. There is one lower than Hill’s, that the player does not have the potential to be drafted.)

This season, Hill caught 28 passes for 820 yards for a per-catch average of 29.3 yards per reception. He made a number of athletic receptions, but also dropped a handful of passes.

With size, speed and leaping ability, Hill (6-foot-5, 206 pounds) would appear to be the type who could improve his draft stock at the NFL combine or at Tech’s pro day, a factor he took into consideration.

“With my size and my ability, I know I could raise my stock,” he said.

With his departure, both of Tech’s starting wide receivers will not return, along with Tyler Melton. Freshmen Darren Waller and Jeff Greene and juniors Chris Jackson and Daniel McKayhan all played this season, but none had catches.

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TECHFAN

January 5th, 2012
5:13 pm

Just dont understand, but wish him the best.

Richard

January 5th, 2012
5:15 pm

His yardage by game over the last 9 are: 40, 50, 0 9, 47, 43, 56, 78, 35. You’ll have to excuse me if i don’t cry that he’s leaving.

ATLJacket

January 5th, 2012
5:17 pm

Seriously? I’m with you Richard. You have to catch the ball to put up numbers.

P_The_Ricker

January 5th, 2012
5:19 pm

So much for the ‘ole adage that only smart people go to tech.

the kid has a chance to get a world class education and he skips out on it to likely not even get drafted.

who got more out of who here?

JLC

January 5th, 2012
5:19 pm

You will never hear his name again. No NFL career ahead of him. There are players like him all over the country with better hands. Hope he graduates early

Jacket Backer

January 5th, 2012
5:19 pm

Hope he learns to catch the football! However, he does have things the NFL will value. Big, fast and can block. Somebody will draft him. Wish him well.

Big Ol Stinger

January 5th, 2012
5:21 pm

My Mom taught me “if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all”. I try to abide by that for everyone but Georgie trolls, so I’m out.

No Hope for Hill in the NFL

January 5th, 2012
5:22 pm

His talent is too underdeveloped, he will never make the cut. He should have taken advantage of four years of college football.

Ignition

January 5th, 2012
5:23 pm

He’ll get drafted just not that high.. Probably a 5 rounder or less just judging from his production, def not with the drops he had. He will be a MUCH better pro I feel just because he will finally get the consistent coaching he needs to become a better receiver..
CPJ utilization of recievers in his offense doesn’t permit real development, so he might as well bounce. CPJ and his offense are wearing thin IMO it’s maybe time to move on to a new coach Malzon wants to be head coach he would be perfect giving that it wouldn’t change much of the recruiting other than tight end….

Outside Observer

January 5th, 2012
5:23 pm

Give Nick Claytor and Jerrard Tarrant calls about how they are doing in the NFL. Get your degree while it is free, because this is an opportunity that will never come again.

gt45

January 5th, 2012
5:24 pm

Must have had enough of the rigors of school. I hope. I wish him nothing but the best, but one more year could be the difference between money and nothing. I certainly don’t understand, but it opens up opportunity for someone else.

George Stein

January 5th, 2012
5:25 pm

Can’t say I saw this one coming.

31-17, 10-11

January 5th, 2012
5:25 pm

You Techies are pathetic.

Wish the kid well. He had some good plays/memories for you.

My favorite memory of the kid…… 0-3 vs. UGA. Add him to the loooooong list of Techies who never won a game against the “most important game on their schedule”.

gt45

January 5th, 2012
5:26 pm

There should be competition at reciever and A back this year!

Marc

January 5th, 2012
5:27 pm

Downfall of ND. Eat you some Bobwhite. Bobwhite!

GT73

January 5th, 2012
5:27 pm

Good luck to you Stephen. Thanks for your contributions.

Fans, behind him we have Greene and Waller who both hang around 6′5″, 210 pounds, and run the 40 around 4.5 seconds. They will fill in quite well.

gtfanfrom1951

January 5th, 2012
5:28 pm

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out because no NFL team is going to pick u.

GT Fan and Alum

January 5th, 2012
5:29 pm

Dear Stephen. I’m glad you have decided to rid yourself of the GT team. We have wasted so many pass attempts on you over the last two years, it makes me want to throw up. Jeff Greene has had to see you drop so many passes this year; meanwhile he has burned his redshirt freshman year. I hope you feel good about this. Good bye from my memory forever because you won’t be going to the NFL.

Spartans, prepare for glory!

January 5th, 2012
5:29 pm

Sure hope we get to play one of those SEC least teams real soon!

Ghost

January 5th, 2012
5:32 pm

Hill realizes another year in Johnsons offense and with this coaching staff will not improve his chances in the NFL..

Ignition

January 5th, 2012
5:33 pm

If I were Stephen Hill I would stay get my degree from a world class institution then put my name in for the pros… But didn’t he have problems with academia before so maybe he could cope with the rigors of GT either way poor decision, just like the players that left last year. But they have been his problem from the jump his head was never in it!!!!!

GTBob

January 5th, 2012
5:34 pm

Best of luck to you Stephen. Honestly though, there is a part of me that is slightly happy about this news. He was one of the more frustrating players to watch. He never seemed to really find his way.

Jacket Fan

January 5th, 2012
5:34 pm

Unfortunately, not going to develop any more at Tech, so might as well go. Hopefully, Vad, Justin, Dennis or Synjyn will replace Tevin, or otherwise it will be the “same ole same ole”. Tevin may be a D1 athlete, but he is not a D1 quarterback.

Buzzy

January 5th, 2012
5:34 pm

January Fools!!!!!!!!! Stephen Hill to the NFL!! Stay in school Stephen! If you can’t catch a wide open pass how are you going to catch one with Ed Reed running right at you?

NorthAvenueRules

January 5th, 2012
5:37 pm

Paul Johnson will always encourage a kid (who thinks about himself more than the team) to leave for the NFL. He wants this cancer off the team and will prove a point to these kids that they were wrong about going pro when they don’t get selected in the draft. Ask Claytor and Tarrant…

Go Jackets!

January 5th, 2012
5:38 pm

Best wishes and good luck Stephen.

FL Jacket

January 5th, 2012
5:39 pm

OMG you mean the NFL cares more about the type of athlete you are rather than the offensive system you ran in college??

1JACKET7

January 5th, 2012
5:41 pm

In love my brother. You just don’t have what it takes yet to make it on that level. Dropping passes is not looked upon as just being human. Are you watching what the great receivers are doing on Sunday’s. Your blocking will help, but your route running and receiving skills need at least one more year. Don’t give up your best chances to make it in the NFL by shortsightedness. It’s about making the team not just thinking you can make it. I know your coaches and parents aren’t telling you to go pro. You just have it in your mind that if I just get around a passing offense I can show them. Just the beginning rosters of NFL teams in past years and see how many good receivers that thought the same way are not playing on Sunday. I am not mad or disappointed. You are only opening a spot for another kid to shine. But, this decision is about your future. No Pro. Your football career is over. Give yourself the best chance to make it. That’s all I’m saying.

whatever

January 5th, 2012
5:42 pm

this is why there isn’t any reason to redshirt anyone, they’re gone anyway after their junior seaon

bobby

January 5th, 2012
5:44 pm

A BIG MISTAKE BY STEPHEN HILL.

blazer

January 5th, 2012
5:44 pm

Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he couldn’t tie Calvin’s shoes!!!

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2012
5:44 pm

Show some class, Jacket fans. I wish him the best.

He is the kind of guy that might just blow up the combine and get drafted a lot higher than many of us think.

Beez Wax

January 5th, 2012
5:45 pm

Stephen, ask yourself this question. Am I ready for a coach to send me on a passing route right into the lion’s den of linebackers totally exposed? Am I ready to reach high in the sky and catch the ball knowing I’m going to get pummeled? Can I catch this ball fearlessly?

Answer: NO

Hurt Locker

January 5th, 2012
5:47 pm

Stephen, you do realize when you aren’t selected for the draft, you can’t come back and play your final year with GT?

GT Grad

January 5th, 2012
5:47 pm

Hill isnt even good…this guy isnt even gonna get drafted

Tech Fan Since 1950

January 5th, 2012
5:47 pm

Best wishes to you Stephen! I would rather see you in a Tech uniform next season and getting that Tech degree, but I do think you will do well in the NFL. Tech receivers who are big, tall and who can block have a pretty good track record in the NFL the last few years. You know your situation best, but make it a priority to get back to Tech sooner, rather than later, and get that Tech degree.

Paul Johnson fan

January 5th, 2012
5:49 pm

Stephen Hill can and WILL develop into a great player. Only thing though is that Jeff Greene and Darren Waller didn’t catch ANY passes this year. I’ve seen Jeff Greene in a GT summer practice and he caught a tough catch against Jemea Thomas from Vad Lee..

Let’s hope for the best! Jeff and Darren have great potential, as long as they can catch the ball we’ll be good. Chris Jackson was also a pretty good recruit coming out of high school… McKayhan dropped punts against Air Force, he also dropped i a pass this year…..

GT Grad

January 5th, 2012
5:49 pm

HAHAHAHA…i laugh at this decision…HAHAHA…

if i were a GM i would NEVER want you stephen hill

you suck

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2012
5:50 pm

Hey, “GT Grad,” nice try…head on back to Athens for that Dave Matthews cover band concert, mmmkay?

Jacket Man

January 5th, 2012
5:50 pm

There’s more to the story than’s been published. Let’s just all wish Stephen well in the next level of his life.

GT Grad

January 5th, 2012
5:52 pm

Paul johnson is destroying the football program

say what you want, call me a troll, whatever

RIP Georgia Tech Football

steven A.

January 5th, 2012
5:52 pm

People, slow your role PLEASE!!!! There is no upside for him or any wide receiver in Georgia Tech’s run 1st predictable offense. SMART move by Hill before he get’s injured. He will be another Marques Colston.

Give yourself a chance

January 5th, 2012
5:53 pm

GT will have a better passing QB next year in Vad Lee or Justin Thomas. Next year is your time to shine. Please reconsider. I would give this advice to my own son.

GT Grad

January 5th, 2012
5:53 pm

RambleOn84, CPJ is destroying this football program

stan

January 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

good luck KID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

And you are destroying your chance to procreate by spending all your time in front of a computer pretending to be someone you’re not.

Okiedawg

January 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

Good decision to go pro. 28 passes, really, 28? A good WR is just treading water in the no pass TO offense CPJ runs. Better to just get on with the rest of your life. Should be a lesson to any WR considering GT. 28 passes with the talent this young man had, unbelievable.

George Stein

January 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

Then don’t support it, GT Grad. You won’t be missed.

Apology

January 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

I remember when Stephen Hill made a public apology for dropping so many passes. Stephen, are you going to try this same stunt of apologizing to the fans of some NFL team?

GT Grad

January 5th, 2012
5:57 pm

Pathetic offense and a top tier education, ditching the top tier education for a BIG GAMBLE. The truth hurts, but nobody would waste their draft pick on you stephen hill