COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State has landed their first verbal commitment for the 2016 class in the form of four-star running back George Hill.
OSU Lands First 2016 Commitment in RB George Hill
By Tony Gerdeman
While Saturday's commitment of Hill (6-0 182) may not have been a surprise, the Buckeye coaches will still very much consider it pleasant.
Hill, from Hubbard, Ohio, is the #6 running back in the nation according to Scout's latest rankings. He committed to Ohio State over offers from Michigan State, West Virginia, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Indiana.
Having been timed in the low 4.4s, Hill is obviously a big-play threat, as evidenced by the 1,175 yards rushing on just 100 carries last year while sharing the load with 2015 running back prospect L.J. Scott.
In a piece from earlier in the week, here is what Ohio high school football scout John McCallister had to say about Hill.
"He's really good. He's more than just a fast guy, he's a good football player. He has the frame to be an every-down running back, but hardly anybody plays every down anymore. He's gonna be fine. I think he's the best running back in the class. He's fast."
Whether that frame and speed will be used out of the backfield or the slot is too early to say for the Buckeye coaches, as they have been wrong before. For instance, they thought that incoming freshman Curtis Samuel would be used in a hybrid manner, but after an impressive performance at tailback this spring, his receiver plans have been put on hold.
Clearly, at under 190 pounds, before Hill's future is anywhere else, it will be in the weight room.
It would seem that the commitment of Hill will only help in landing his teammate Scott, whom the Buckeyes are also working hard to secure.
Scott (6-0 205) rushed for 1,867 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. He is a punishing tailback who is able to sidestep defenders if need be. He is by all accounts the best running back in the state, and the Buckeye coaches don't want to lose him to Michigan State.
The commitment of Hill will likely not be the last Ohio running back the Buckeyes get in the 2016 class, as they are the definite leaders for dynamic North Ridgeville tailback DeMario McCall (5-11 180).
McCall holds an offer from Ohio State and has impressed everybody with a recent camp performance. McCall is likely to be a slot receiver in college, but he is more than comfortable carrying the ball, having rushed for over 1,500 yards last season.
The 2016 class is expected to be very good for the Buckeyes, who are already in on a number of top prospects, and the commitment of George Hill is exactly the kind of start that the coaches were hoping for.
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