Michigan target Dax Hill just had a visit this week.
And after a successful process, he committed — and right on the spot.
But he didn’t pledge to the Wolverines, or any other college football team seeking his services.
No, he joined HiCorp, an Oklahoma-based company that supplies promotional and marketing assistance to “blue-chip” clients, per the website. Well, now the company can say that it also employs a blue-chip — the No. 1-ranked 2019 prospect in Oklahoma, and the No. 3-ranked safety of the 2019 class, per 247Sports.
At the moment, that’s what consumes Hill.
Regular stuff, like getting a job so he can earn personal money.
Sure, he loves football, and he has a bevy of offers through which to sift before selecting a college. But right now, he wants to work, be a high-schooler and enjoy the rest of the summer before diving into camp and his junior year at Booker T. Washington in Tulsa.
“Michigan has always been a pretty good school,” Hill said shortly after his job interview. “I would like to take a visit there. It’s a great program. I’m just glad to be recruited by them.” He later added: “Just knowing the history, I would love to see how the school is and what the facilities are like. Whenever I get a chance, I’ll definitely try to make that visit up there.”
Hill likes the Wolverines. The Wolverines like Hill. However, Hill has plenty of time before jumping into a multiyear commitment.
Ohio State also likes him. As a matter of fact, Michigan offered May 8, and Ohio State promptly followed with a proposal. In-state powers Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have heavily pursued Hill.
No favorites, though. Not right now.
No thoughts of how he’d fit into Wolverines defensive coordinator Don Brown’s defense, or how he may be utilized by Buckeyes DC Greg Chiano, either. That’s all down the road.
“I haven’t been really thinking too deep about it. I’ve just been waiting to see when my time is coming. I’m talking about when I become a senior,” said the 6-foot, 182-pound junior-to-be. “I haven’t really been thinking too deep about that. … I’ve just been in the moment right now, I’m not getting too far ahead of myself.”
Michigan safeties coach Brian Smith has found quick success on the recruiting trail. How? Well, he has already earned a high level of trust and respect — based on a limited meeting — from Hill, who values such a bond for the now and for the future.
Back during track season, Smith stopped by Booker T. Washington to see Hill run by the competition.
Needless to say, Smith — who’s entering his second year in Ann Arbor — liked what he saw out of the then-sophomore. Actually, Smith had already done a lot of homework on Hill prior to stopping in Tulsa.
“I knew that they were already looking at me on film. When someone follows you on Twitter, and your Hudl … I already knew,” said Hill, who also holds offers from Tulsa, Texas, Ole Miss, TCU and Missouri. “From there, months later, he came up to my school and just talked to me — asked how things were going with track and all that. He ended up offering me, saying how he loved my tape. That’s what happened, really.”
Though able to play multiple positions on both sides, as is the case with the upper-echelon preps, Hill would prefer to stay on the defensive side of the ball. He can catch in the slot, take a handoff and even run a deep route — but he’s more at home in the secondary.
“I think they’re just looking at me as a safety right now,” he said. “If they wanted (me as something different), I think they would say so. Right now, they’ve recruited me, so far, as a safety.”
Again, Hill hasn’t had any immediate thoughts of how he would fit at any particular school. But he knows who’s who. He knows all about the brand recognition, Jim Harbaugh’s all-star coaching staff and the Wolverines’ back-to-back No. 1-ranked defenses under Brown.
Even for a kid who doesn’t know where he’ll attend college come 2019.
“It really does (appeal to me) — any athlete who wants to go to whatever school that has a good defense or offense whatever … on the defensive side, Michigan is good at that,” said Hill, who didn’t report any upcoming visits. “And yeah, that’ll be interesting to see how things work up there. Michigan would definitely be one of the top schools for me.”
Entering his junior year at Booker T. Washington, Hill has upped his bench-press to 245 pounds (four reps) and increased his squat to 405 (six times).
Back during the spring at Nike’s “The Opening” in Oregon, he ran a personal-best 4.46-second 40-yard dash. Athletic enough to do just about anything that requires skill, Hill absolutely qualifies as an ideal potential defensive back for Michigan, which has one commit — linebacker Charles Thomas — in its 2019 class.