The Buckeyes went into Oklahoma and signed one of the nation’s best safety prospects in 2018 defensive back Josh Proctor, and they are trying to do it again in the form of 5-star 2019 Tulsa safety Daxton Hill.
On Tuesday, Hill (6-2 182) released his Top 12 via Twitter and the Buckeyes made the cut. They were joined by Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Penn State, TCU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Stanford, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State.
Top12 Subject To Change‼️ pic.twitter.com/AqCGCjFkNs
— #DaxHill (@daxhill5) January 2, 2018
Hill was named a First-Team All-State selection, right alongside Proctor in 2017. The two players share a similar penchant for finding the football. During his junior season, Hill finished with 71 tackles, 11 passes broken up, five interceptions, and four touchdowns.
Blessed with tremendous speed (4.46), Hill can cover ground like few high school defensive backs. In coverage, he triggers forward from his back pedal quickly and doesn’t waste resources. He gets from point A to point B without getting sidetracked.
Ohio State has offered a handful of 2019 safeties so far, and signed a pair in 2018, with the aforementioned Proctor and Marcus Hooker. Hooker, of course, is the brother of former Buckeye safety Malik Hooker, who is arguably the best to ever play the position at Ohio State.
OSU is slated to start a junior (Jordan Fuller) and sophomore (Isaiah Pryor) next season, and they are hoping for added depth from Proctor, Hooker, and upperclassmen Jahsen Wint and Wayne Davis.
Hill would be a very welcome addition to Ohio State’s 2019 class, which only features one commitment right now. Huntington, West Virginia offensive tackle Doug Nester has been the lone member of the Buckeyes’ 2019 class since he committed back in August.
The 2019 class should start picking up steam in the next month or two.
[Daxton Hill photo courtesy 247Sports.com]