July 1, 2009

Spartans made Hill a priority early in recruiting process

Chelsea running back Nick Hill stands just 5-foot-6, but his exploits on the football field measure up against any running back in the country.

A three-year starter at Chelsea, Hill has rushed for 4,700 yards through his junior year. And even though he has another football season to play, Hill is already one of the most decorated football players in the history of the Southeastern Conference.

The reigning 2008 Ann Arbor News Player of the Year, Hill joins Traverse City St. Francis linebacker Max Bullough in being named one of just two juniors to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team after the Chelsea stand out rushed for 2,020 yards and 27 touchdowns as junior.

Shortly after Hill phoned Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio to let him know that he would be joining Bullough and the five other in-state prospects that are already committed in Michigan State's 2010 recruiting class, SpartanMag.com tracked down his high school coach Brad Bush to get his perspective on his star running back's decision to play college football in East Lansing.

The longtime Chelsea coach is pleased that his star player has decided to play for the Spartans, but Bush is even more pleased with the way in which Hill has handled the entire recruiting process.

"Even though I think he had a strong attraction to Michigan State from the get-go, I told him that he needed to step back and think about it," explained Bush. "We talked about it as a player and a coach and he talked about it thoroughly with his parents. It was not an emotional decision. I think he handled it in a very mature way and in a way that makes me feel very comfortable saying that I don't think he is going to regret his decision or have second thoughts about where he is playing his college football."



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