After thinking it over for a couple of days, Alvin Hill decided to accept a Maryland football scholarship on Thursday.
The defensive back from Luella High School had been overlooked early in the recruiting process, and was just beginning to generate interest from big-time schools after making rounds at summer college camps.
Hill auditioned for a scholarship at Maryland’s camp on Tuesday, performed so well he was offered within an hour afterwards, and committed to the Terrapins on Thursday. He’s the younger brother of Virginia Tech cornerback Detrick Bonner.
“I took a couple of days to think about it; I talked with my family and my brother and they all felt like it was a good opportunity,” Hill told the AJC. “I called Maryland and they were a little surprised that I committed within two days. I told them that they had showed me a lot of love and I was comfortable with my decision. They were really excited about coming there.”
Hill, who was just beginning to show up on the recruiting radar, picked Maryland over Tennessee-Chattanooga. He also had generated interest from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Appalachian State and Middle Tennessee State. After committing to Maryland, Hill canceled plans to attend summer camps at UGA, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Georgia Southern.
“Maryland is getting the first-ever permanent team captain for our football program,” Luella coach Nic Vasilchek said. “He’s a big-time playmaker. He set the school record with six interceptions in a season. When we beat Westlake 7-0 last year, he had three interceptions and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass.
“Alvin is a one-man wrecking crew for us. I think Maryland is going to play him at corner. They like the way he can cover in man-to-man. I think Maryland is getting an outstanding football player.”
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Hill has been clocked at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He finished last season with 42 tackles, 6 interceptions and 5 pass breakups. He was named Luella’s defensive player of the year.
Hill has around a 2.8 GPA and plans to study physical therapy in college. “My dad is a physical therapist, so I’ll probably do that or something in the medical field.”
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