March 12, 2009
2010 Chelsea RB Nick Hill talks CMU
ChippewaCountry.com recently had a chance to catch up with one of the top 2010 prospects from the state of Michigan in Chelsea running back Nick Hill. Hill ran wild on opposing defenses last year, accounting for a total of 2,260 yards and 29 touchdowns and leading the Bulldogs to a 9-3 record before falling in the Division 3 Regional Finals to Inkster 16-13. In that game, Hill rushed for 182 yards on 35 carries and had an 81 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Hill currently has offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Stanford, and is actively hearing from the likes of Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama, Nebraska, Notre Dame and UCLA.
Hill was offered by CMU last summer and is one of just a few prospects holding a currently CMU offer for the 2010 class.
"I was offered by CMU at the Michigan football camp, I saw Coach Butch Jones and I couldn't believe he offered me so soon. I thought this really could be start of my recruiting and possibly adding more offers" added Hill on his early scholarship offer from CMU.
Hill has visited CMU three times so far, and has come away very impressed.
"I was up there for Junior Day and last year's spring game, and the atmosphere was outstanding. The students are crazy and the facilities are first class."
With some of the most storied programs in the nation recruiting him hard, many could imagine the CMU offer being discarded to the side and the majority of his attention placed on the BCS conference teams, but that doesn't appear to be the case for Nick Hill.
"I'm taking the CMU offer very seriously. People say I should go to a Big Ten, Pac-10 or SEC school, but I don't care about the conference. What I care about is looking for a place to feel comfortable and a place that best fits me. Coach Jones and I have a good relationship and I text him every week to see how he's doing. I also talk and text with Coach (Jeff) Beckles. I really like the atmosphere up at CMU and how close the coaching staff is."
Despite all the early attention and scholarship offers, Hill does list a favorite at this point.
"Nope, no favorite, they are all neutral."
As reported earlier by ChippewaCountry.com, Hill was present at Ypsilanti this year for the CMU-EMU football game that turned into shootout and concluded with an EMU upset.
"Both sides fought hard. I was real excited about the game and it came down to the wire, just like I expect next year's game. One thing I really liked about that game was the intensity both sides showed" replied Hill on his thoughts of the CMU-EMU game.
Speaking of EMU, Chelsea High School's head football coach, Brad Bush is a former running backs coach at EMU and his experience at the collegiate level has prepared Hill well for the recruiting process.
"Coach Bush basically just told me what's going to happen and how it's going to be crazy with coaches calling all the time and trying to pressure me into things. He and my father have prepared me well so there haven't been any surprises so far" said Hill.
As he prepares for his senior season, Hill has some goals set in mind.
"I'd say I just want to go out there and perform the best I can and leave no doubts that I did all I could do and nothing less, just give 100%. I also want to break the area rushing record."
While those plans are certain for Hill, his off-season combine and camp schedule remains up in the air.
"I don't really have any plans right now, but I'll probably go to the Michigan State camp. The camp and combine thing is something I will probably start to schedule sometime in April."
As most CMU fans know, April also happens to feature a big event, CMU's Spring Game, scheduled for April 18th. Hill also reported he will most likely attend the game for the second straight year.
Stick to ChippewaCountry.com for the latest in CMU football recruiting news.
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