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Will Hill offers advice to prospects ahead of NSD

February 5, 2019

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With National Signing Day comes excitement, dreams and surprises. But there are also questions, assumptions and speculation. It’s the former that causes expectations and the latter that can make those same expectations too heavy to carry. It’s a lot to ask of a young man that’s in many ways still a kid. But former Florida Gator defensive back Will Hill has a road map to the unknown terrain.

Hill came to Florida as a five-star from New Jersey in the class of 2008. He’s still the No. 7 all-time rated recruit (0.9979 according to 247 Sports) to play for the Gators. He wants these upcoming commits to understand the higher you’re ranked, the harder the next few months will actually be.



“You gotta forget about what you did going into college. Even though you might be the top recruit, they’re gonna hold that against you,” Hill explains to Inside the Gators.

“Like when I came in, nobody wanted to teach me anything since I was the number one athlete, ‘oh so you just good.’ That’s how they take it, they take it as a threat because just like in the NFL, you come in, of course you wanna play but you taking food off somebody else’s table. It’s the same thing in college when you coming in you gotta forget everything you did; don’t be on that high horse of ‘I was this, I was that.’ Nobody cares. You have a target on your back because of that.”

The Gators currently have 15, four-stars in the 2019 class with six enrolled early and therefore eligible to participate in spring practice. The highest rated athlete in this Florida class is Chris Steele‍ (0.978), a corner from Bellflower, California. If Steele remains at corner he will be joining a unit, which already boasts Marco Wilson, CJ Henderson and Trey Dean. If shuffled around the secondary, he’ll be learning alongside elders like Brad Stewart and Shawn Davis. Hill says the best thing for any guy coming in is to use those that have gone through it already.

“The best thing for you to do is keep your head low, be humble and try to learn—find a player that’s already been there that’s willing to teach you because not everybody’s gonna try to teach you cause they’re thinking about their own stuff.”

The Gators currently have the nations 11th ranked class (5th in SEC) with the potential to add a couple more four-stars on Wednesday being in the running with prospects such as Kaiir Elam‍ and Mark-Antony Richards‍.

No matter the position or the potential for a commit, Hill says the first step for everyone in creating a contender starts right away.

“Spend more time together—Everybody was like brothers, everybody spent numerous hours together. I knew Major Wright, Janoris Jenkins and all that when I was still in high school. Janoris was in high school, but he was in Florida, I was in New Jersey but we kept in touch so just building that bond and that camaraderie so once you come in, you know this person, you know what they like to do so y’all learn how to play with each other. The coaches can only do so much; they can tell you what to do, X’s and O’s, but you’re on the field so you have this relationship so if I feel this way and I tell you that and you trust me and everything works out, then it’s good.”  

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