April 22, 2010

Rebels 'looking good' for athletic Georgia linebacker

D.J. Hill picked up his first scholarship offer last September from Ole Miss.

Since then, the linebacker from Covington (Newton), Ga., has been to Oxford three times. His most recent trip was this past Saturday, when the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder made his way west for the Rebels' annual Grove Bowl game.

"They look good," Hill said of the Rebels. "They lost a lot of players, but athletically, they definitely look good. I like what I see from the coaches there."

Hill said he got a chance to spend some quality time with Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix and defensive line coach Terry Price during his time in Oxford.

"Coach Nix said he definitely likes what he sees on film," Hill said. "Coach Price said they definitely want me. Right now, it's definitely looking good for Ole Miss."

A commitment, however, is not in the immediate offing. Instead, Hill wants to see what else develops. Vanderbilt and Virginia have also offered scholarships and several other programs _ Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn, specifically _ have expressed more than casual interest. Of that group, Hill said he has serious interest in the home-state Bulldogs.

"Georgia is the SEC and close to home," Hill said. "They really like me. They're trying to wait and see what happens, I guess, with how their recruiting goes. They said they'll bee there when we start spring (May 3), so we'll see how that goes.

"Virginia just offered last week. I'm going to visit there this summer. Vanderbilt offered me earlier and I talk to (Commodores running backs) Coach (Des) Kitchens a lot. I like what I see. I like their campus and their facility and they have great academics."

Hill said he has no leader, though he acknowledged that Ole Miss' initial entry into the race for his services "plays a role." Hill said he plans to camp at Ole Miss on June 9. As of now, that's the only camp he plans to attend.

Hill had 90 tackles and four interceptions _ three returned for touchdowns _ last season, adding 563 rushing yards on offense.

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