Virginia Tech Offers Nikhai Hill-Green

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Nikhai Hill-Green
Linebacker, Class of 2020
St. Frances, Baltimore, MD
6-3, 230

St. Frances (Md.) 2020 three-star linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green is thinking about his first few years in college, but he’s also looking beyond towards grad school.

Many high school recruits point to academics as a sticking point. Hill-Green, though, is looking at specifics, among the 30 scholarship offers he counts. That list includes Virginia Tech, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Hill-Green has a time frame he’d like to keep in mind in his recruitment, but it’s still very much fluid.

“I want to do finance in college, so it’s about having the opportunity to get a good degree, and hopefully I can go to grad school after that,” he said. “Some schools have a three-year plan, and I want to do something like that, go get my grad degree the last two years, so communication with the coaches is big. The colleges that offered last year don’t talk much, except Boston College and Michigan. The new ones talk to me more, but if they don’t talk to me now, they won’t talk to me in a year when I’m on campus, since I’ll enroll early.”

Virginia Tech offered Hill-Green last Friday. To this point he said much of what he knows about the Hokies has come from his teammate, four-star running back Blake Corum.

“Me and Blake, we actually talked about going there,” Hill-Green said. “I’m open to visiting there, I just don’t know much about the school. But I’m definitely open to seeing what they have to offer.”

Hill-Green said he has also spoken with assistant coach Adam Lechtenberg, and the relationship has started off well.

“Just from being on the phone, he changed from serious to joking…he knows when there’s a time to play,” Hill-Green said. “We went from serious to joking around. He seems like he wants the best for his players, and he seems like a good coach. I texted him (Tuesday). We text every other day.”

Until last weekend, Hill-Green said he hadn’t seen many of his college options this spring. On that trip, he saw Wake Forest, NC State and Duke, and each had something that caught his attention.

“At Duke, I liked the environment,”