June 30, 2009

Spartans score big with local RB

As was reported earlier today Michigan State continued to stay hot on the recruiting front when Chelsea High School running back Nick Hill decided he would be playing his college football in East Lansing for the Michigan State Spartans. The 5-foot-7, 185-pound Hill can best be described as a powder keg when it comes to his ability. Hill is rated the 10th best All-Purpose Running Back in the Nation by Rivals.com.

Hill camped at Michigan State last week and after a stellar performance he was offered full scholarship by Head Coach Mark Dantonio. SpartanMag.com asked Hill what were the factors that helped him comes to his decision to become a member of the Green and White.

"It was three main things, education, competing and giving back to the community," Hill said. I knew at Michigan State I could get a great education and I knew that I would get a chance to compete on the field. Coach Dantonio is bringing in a lot of good players so the competition level is high and I like that because that is what brings out the best in me. I also think that it is important to give back to the community and I know that is something that is important to Coach Dantonio.

Those three things are all values that I have been taught in my own house and by my high school team. Those are the same values that Michigan State has and that is important to me."

How did you go about making your commitment?

"First I sat down with my dad and told him I was ready to commit. He was excited for me. He has always been supportive of me. Then I called my high school coach and told him and that I call Coach Dantonio. Coach Dantonio accepted my commitment and said he was excited that I decided to become a Spartan. I tried calling Coach Enos but his in Jamaica on vacation so I just left him a voice mail."

After his commitment Hill said he felt "excited and relived". He also said that he thinks it is great to be able to play his college football close to home.

"For my family to be able to see me play is big thing. In addition there are lots of my friends at Chelsea that are Spartan fans and have Michigan State tickets, so now they will get to see me play in high school and at Michigan State."

Earlier in the day SpartanMag.com caught up with quarterback commitment Joe Boisture. He informed us that he had heard about Hill's commitment and was excited that the Spartans are adding a player of his ability to the class. Boisture also pointed out that he and Hill will meet on the field in week 9 this season. Hill also talked about that game

"That is a big game. I am excited that he is going to be my teammate as he is a great player, but until then he plays for Saline and I play for Chelsea."

No doubt the stands will be packed for that big contest and the Spartan fans in attendance will be hoping for an offensive shoot-out.

Like Boisture, Hill is scheduled to graduate in December from Saline High School and plans on enrolling early and joining his new teammates in January, between now and then Hill plans on spending lots of time in East Lansing.

"I want to go up there as much as possible. I want to meet the players and hang out with them I want to spend time around the coaches and also talk with the Strength and Conditioning Coach."

SpartanMag.com will certainly keep an eye out for Hill in East Lansing this summer and fall. You can be sure that the Michigan State staff is excited about his decision to become a Spartan and is looking forward to the day he steps on the field at Spartan Stadium.

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