’09 Profile: Lafayette DE William Hill

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Lafayette (Williamsburg, VA) defensive end William Hill impressed at the University of Virginia’s camp last summer, and the performance later resulted in a written scholarship offer from Al Groh and company. About a month ago, the standout junior scored an offer from the University of Maryland while attending a junior day in College Park. Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois and Virginia Tech are among the other programs showing interest in Hill, who hopes to add more offers by the end of spring.

Hill, who goes 6-4, about 255 pounds, reflected on his performance at UVa’s summer camp. He was there for three days and was told then that an offer would come.

“I guess it was my work ethic, my size and how I did in the one-on-one drills that impressed them,” recalled Hill, who was positioned at defensive end at the camp.

The strong-side defensive end in Lafayette’s 3-4 defensive set, Hill racked up 60 tackles including eight sacks last season as a junior. For his performance, he was selected Group AA first-team all-state by the Virginia High School Coaches Association. It was a breakout year for Hill, who started playing on the varsity level as a sophomore.

“I got a late jump as a freshman because I didn’t come to the summer workouts before my freshman year,” said Hill, whose father played college football at Norfolk State. His brother played at Hampton and Christopher Newport. “Since I’ve played, the area I’ve most improved in is strength and dedication to the weight room. I’m also quicker at getting off the ball. Overall, my athleticism is better, too.”

Hill’s junior season on the varsity basketball team recently came to an end, so his focus now is on hitting the weight room to prepare for his senior football season. The Rams return “about 15-20 rising seniors”, Hill says, so a productive follow up to an 11-1 2007 season is expected. A successful 2008 season is the rising senior’s primary concern at this point.

“I’ve kind of not thought about it,” Hill said of making a college decision. “I’ll probably decide after the season. I’m focused on my team for right now.”

The Lafayette star claims no favorite school, saying “I’m just trying to learn more about schools. I want to see what