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Houston County 4-star OG Trey Hill has a pretty clear method he will use to pick his school. His interal process has been very different that most might think.

What really matters for the nation’s No. 2 OG Trey Hill about choosing a school

Jeff Sentell

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The budget today calls for a reset on the recruiting narrative about how elite target Trey Hill will make his decision. 

There’s a line of thinking about what matters to the nation’s No. 2 offensive guard that seems like it is a bit off-target. 

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Trey Hill rates as the nation’s No. 2 OG prospect for 2018. (Jeff Sentell/Dawgnation)

Trey Hill is going to be at UGA again this week for the Missouri game. He also told me this week he will still also take an official visit later on to Athens.

That last item is pretty important because Hill has made so many trips to Athens over the last two years. There is not much left for him to see.

That said, he will choose his school based on different criteria than most might think.

Hill, the nation’s No. 2 guard, has had a recruitment that most fans seem to misinterpret.

Let’s use the following multiple-choice criteria as a good litmus. The purpose will be to answer the following question: Which one of these factors will most greatly influence Trey Hill’s decision? 

  • A) The chance to play right away
  • B) The specific position fit at center or guard
  • C) Distance from home
  • D) The recent success of the programs he’s considering on the field
  • E) None of the above

The correct answer? That would be selection “E” and it isn’t even really close.

What’s the big misconception about 4-star OG Trey Hill?

That header offers a great launch point. It has to do with the following set of topics.

School A has signed too many guards. But School B hasn’t signed any elite guards of late. School C thinks he is an elite guard and doesn’t want to try him out at center. He probably won’t have the chance to play right away at School D and they’ve already got two great guys committed for 2018. 

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4-star OG Trey Hill was impressed by what he saw from the UGA fans at Notre Dame this year. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Go ahead and flush all that down the drain. The 6-foot-3, 345-pound Hill is as interested in all of that as he is in eating Brussel sprouts and tofu at his next pre-game meal.

I’ll share my research on Hill in a minute, but it is better to hear it straight from the 4-star’s perspective.

The players that are on campus or heading that way will not ultimately matter. Truth be told, a redshirt wouldn’t be the worst thing for his development.

“I know I have got to come to a school and grind and make a name for myself,” Hill said.

The path of the least depth chart resistance does not matter.

“I’m not looking for anything to be given to me,” Hill said. “I worked to get to this point in my career and I will not stop now.”

He says something that most say, but it will really matter to Hill and his close-knit family.

“I just want to make sure that I’m making the best decision for me and my family,” he said.

My thinking is that Hill’s decision will come down largely to the following four factors.

  • Which school will develop him the most as a man?
  • The level of comfort he finds in a campus community that can also preserve and continually renew his faith. The Hills care more about the churches than they do the weight rooms.
  • The academic machine is in place to serve him the best after his playing days are done.
  • Which position and strength coach can fine-tune his game and his body for an NFL shot chance in 2020 or 2021? What he does and how he plays in those years matter. Not 2018.

I’d say those four factors are the major engines of his decision. There’s really not much there that will matter after that.

Auburn is a major factor. I think we would all need both hands to count up the times that Hill has visited the Tigers. He’s been to two games this fall. Hill will see the Bulldogs play for the second time this week against Mizzou.

My SEC Country colleague Ben Wolk offers a good read here on Auburn’s chances.

 

Big reminder for Dawgnation Wednesday Night Live

Wednesdays have been fun for DawgNation over the last 18 months or so. That’s how long we’ve been doing a weekly recruiting chat on Facebook Live for Georgia fans.

It takes place on the DawgNation Facebook page and I feel the weekly interaction with our hard-core readers offers the best platform imaginable to engage with our audience. We can gauge what they are really thinking. They continue to let me know what they want to see cooked up in the kitchen (as far as stories go) and I do my very best to serve them something they want to gobble up.

DawgNation started up its weekly Facebook Live recruiting chat in April of 2016. (Jeff Sentell/Dawgnation)

For all of that, we owe a tremendous dollop of gratitude to Kroger. Their continued sponsorship of that effort has allowed us to create something I call the “How ’bout them groceries” challenge to reward our loyal viewers every week.

The premise is simple. I throw out a UGA-related trivia question. The first person that comments with the correct answer on the live feed wins a $50 Kroger gift card to use on whatever the heart desires. A lot of those funds in the fall go toward Saturday tailgate spreads in Athens.

However, there’s a little something “extra” set for tonight. We’ll also ask a special edition trivia question for this week. The method will just be a tad different with this one. Everyone that gets the correct answer by Thursday at noon with this one will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to that big game in Jacksonville on Oct. 28.

Everyone that gets the correct answer by Thursday at noon with this one will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to that big game in Jacksonville on Oct. 28.

Yes, that big game.

The live stream will get going at about 8:25 p.m. and it should be another good show. If you haven’t checked it out yet, then tonight would be a good time for your first Wednesday Night Live.

Our first-time guests usually get their first question answered.  Justin Fields has finally committed to Georgia, but our viewers know their stuff. We’ll have plenty to talk about besides that guy going forward.

4-star junior S Joseph Charleston is a big get for Dabo

Clemson deserves a hat tip on the recruiting trail today. That’s the best way for the Georgia fan to size up Joseph Charleston’s decision to commit to Clemson on Tuesday night.

Charleston, a 4-star safety from Milton in Metro Atlanta, chose the Tigers over strong mutual interest with Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee. His older brother actually plays baseball for the Volunteers.

Charleston is a rangy and physical safety who rates on the 247SportsComposite scale as the nation’s No. 10 safety and No. 144 overall recruit for 2019. I think his upside is even better than that. Expect to see him rated among the nation’s Top 100 players by the time he finishes his prep career. At least.

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Joseph Charleston carries a 3.7 grade-point average, is a big fan of U.S. History and does plan to enroll early in January of 2019. (Jeff Sentell/SEC Country)

He chose the Tigers and the way things are trending he might one of the few big in-state misses for the Bulldogs in 2019. DawgNation has pointed to that class since December of 2016. Why? That’s the year the Bulldogs can truly contend for the nation’s No. 1 overall class.

Why? That’s the year the Bulldogs can truly contend for the nation’s No. 1 overall class.

UGA had the No. 3 class in 2017 and I feel this year’s group can earn a similar ranking. But there is a bevy of in-state Top 100 prospects in 2019. The work that Georgia will do there can create the chance to finish that cycle with the nation’s top-ranked class.

The Bulldogs currently have five commitments ranked among the state’s Top 30 prospects for 2019. I can see the red and black winding up with about 14-15 in that lot by February of 2018. That’s also a class full of elites.

That’s also a class full of elites. There are 12 Peach State products which already rank among the nation’s Top 100 players for 2019. Buckle up. This recruiting stuff is going to hold everyone’s attention for quite awhile going forward.

 

 

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