Baltimore (MD) St. Frances linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green committed to Michigan on Thursday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Nebraska, Pitt, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others.
Hill-Green is listed at 6’1″ and 230 lbs.
ESPN: 4-star, 80 grade, #25 OLB
Rivals: 3-star, 5.7 grade, #30 OLB
247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #22 OLB, #274 overall
Hit the jump for more on Hill-Green’s commitment.
Hill-Green is the third commitment from St. Frances to pick Michigan in the 2020 cycle, joining linebacker Osman Savage and offensive tackle Micah Mazzccua. He was offered in January by the Wolverines, and that turned into a commitment after a spring visit. A lot of out-of-towners attend St. Frances, and Hill-Green is no exception, as the Pittsburgh native was also considering the hometown Pitt Panthers.
Hill-Green is a big, thick linebacker with middle linebacker written all over him. He’s a powerful hitter and run-stopper with good instincts.
What Hill-Green isn’t is an elite athlete. He’s a bit of a lumberer, and his range is limited. I have questions about his angles, because I think he’s going to keep up with Big Ten players in the speed department.
Overall, Hill-Green is a decent pickup for the Wolverines, but he’s not a game-changing player. He’s reminiscent of former Michigan linebacker Mike McCray II, who took a lot of flak for being unable to cover running backs out of the backfield and play in space. It seemed like Michigan was trending toward smaller, faster inside linebackers (Devin Bush, Jordan Anthony, Cam McGrone), so this is a bit of an awkward fit. However, Michigan fielded good defenses with both McCray and Bush playing inside linebacker, so Don Brown will find a way to make it work.
Michigan now has eight commitments in the 2020 class, including three linebackers: Savage, Hill-Green, and Cornell Wheeler.
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