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— Dirty30 (@daxhill5) September 18, 2018
Tulsa (OK) Booker T. Washington safety Daxton Hill committed to Michigan on Tuesday evening. He picked the Wolverines over Alabama, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State, among others.
Hill is listed at 6’0″ and 186 lbs. As a junior in 2017, he made 71 tackles, 11 pass breakups, 5 interceptions, and 4 defensive touchdowns. He claims a 4.3 forty, a 4.22 shuttle, and a 43.6″ vertical.
ESPN: 4-star, 88 grade, #1 safety, #14 overall
Rivals: 5-star, 6.1 grade, #1 safety, #24 overall
247 Sports: 5-star, 98 grade, #1 safety, #8 overall
Hit the jump for more on Hill’s commitment.
Hill was offered by Michigan over a year ago, but I always thought Michigan was a longshot. However, the coaching staff worked hard on him, and it hasn’t hurt that Michigan has had one of the top few defenses in the country over the past couple seasons. Michigan has a glaring need at safety, especially because senior Tyree Kinnel will be graduating after the 2018 season. Hill visited unofficially over the summer, and he was back in Ann Arbor for last weekend’s win over SMU. He went home on Sunday and announced his decision on Tuesday.
Hill has good size and great makeup speed. He transitions quickly out of his backpedal. He’s a solid tackler and a hard hitter. He’s a ball hawk. He has everything you would want in a safety.
Things I dislike about Hill:
Okay, so Hill will probably be starting at safety in 2019. Remember when Dymonte Thomas finally turned into a good safety late in his career? That’s how I imagine Hill will be in year one or maybe year two.
Michigan’s depth chart at safety for next year:
- Josh Metellus (Sr.)
- Brad Hawkins (Jr.)
- Jaylen Kelly-Powell (Jr.)
- J’Marick Woods (Jr.)
- Sammy Faustin (So.)
- German Green (So.)
Metellus will probably still be starting, because he will have two years as a starter under his belt by then. Hawkins is getting a lot of playing time right now, but those other guys are just seeing spot duty. Hill might pass Hawkins immediately, and I don’t see him being behind Kelly-Powell or Woods.
Michigan now has 23 commits in the 2019 class. Hill would be the first signee from Oklahoma in the Rivals era, and Michigan hasn’t even had any players on the roster from the Sooner State since the mid-1990s when Woodrow Hankins and Che Foster were in the program.
TTB Rating: 100
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