UGA recruiting: Elite OL Trey Hill is being asked to play a specific position
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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Trey Hill is approaching 5-star status. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 2 guard prospect (247Sports Composite) for 2018.
The big interior line mauler from Houston County in Warner Robins is easily one of the Top 5 targets on Georgia’s entire board for 2018. The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder expects to break out a “Top 10 or a Top 12” after Nike’s The Opening elite combine in July.
He also plans to take a barnstorming tour of schools over the summer with other elite prospects from Middle Georgia and the 478 area code.
A lot of the major contenders for Hill are asking him to be prepared to play both center and guard on Saturdays.
“I’m an interior guy,” Hill said. “If I don’t get any taller, then I’m not going to play tackle in the ACC or the SEC. … Most schools ask me to play guard or center but Georgia is still selling me on (playing) center right now. They haven’t signed a center in like four years.
Hill said Georgia line coach Sam Pittman hasn’t guaranteed anything. He knows he has to work for any playing time he will get. But he knows the recruiting history. Georgia’s center this year was at guard last fall. He was also a converted defensive lineman.
The back-up at that position is currently a walk-on. That said, Hill doesn’t have any long-term ideal for his college position.
“Just get me on the field,” he said. “I just want to play where they put me best. I’m a versatile guy. Where ever they put me fits.”
There’s a comfort level with Georgia and the staff beyond Pittman. His older brother was coached by Kirby Smart during his first years as a college coach at Valdosta State.
“I feel like family around him,” Hill said. “Athens is just a good environment. I mean my brother played for him. So he knows how he works and whatnot. He tells me a lot about him.”
What would be the biggest reason he will strongly consider the Bulldogs?
“Probably because they are an up-and-coming program,” Hill said. “New coaching staff. You have to look into the season and see how they are doing. What did they do this year compared to last year? You have to see stuff they do differently. How the O-line works with how they have been signing some good linemen.”
He hears from Pittman and Georgia about every two days.
“They just tell me to come in and work hard and compete for a position,” Hill said. “They say that everything is just there.”
Hill doesn’t worry one bit about the amount of All-American and top-tier linemen the Bulldogs signed in the last class.
“Everywhere you go you have got to compete,” he said.
Will Trey Hill really play with Kearis Jackson?
Peach County 4-star prospect Kearis Jackson told DawgNation that he was very likely to wind up choosing the same school as Hill. He made that pretty clear.
What does Hill think about that?
“I think that’s possible,” he said. “It just depends on the school that we go to or whatnot. It depends on whether they need receivers or an O-lineman. If a school needs receivers and doesn’t need linemen, then we can’t play together. I’m just going to my best fit at a program or whatnot. But it is a possibility.”
Jackson said the two discuss that all the time. Hill concurred. He said it comes up between the two “every other day.”
“We’ve been talking about a bunch of schools,” Hill said. “He’s got like 30-something offers. I’ve got like 30-something offers. It is going to be a big decision for both of us down the road.”
They are not at the point where they might release a dual Top 10 yet. Even though that would be a novelty in the recruiting world.
Which schools match up well for both of them?
“Probably Florida and Georgia,” Hill started off. “Florida State. LSU. Clemson. Auburn. USC. I don’t know if (Kearis) has a USC offer or not, but I know they need receivers.”
More on Trey Hill
Ask the Houston County coaching staff about Hill. They describe a young man who is very likable. Fun to be around. Fun to coach.
“I think that as he goes forward he’s got a bit of real nastiness in him you don’t really see until you see him play,” first-year Houston County head coach Ryan Crawford said. “He’s really a genuine guy who cares about people. His parents and his family have done a real good job raising him. You can see that.”
But Crawford also regards him as a very intelligent player.
“The thing about Trey is he is so smart,” Crawford said. “He made a very good score on his ACT and he does great in the classroom. So he’s football-savvy and smart off the field. He retains information very well kind of like the guy we just had at quarterback (UGA freshman Jake Fromm) for us. His thing for us is he has to be more vocal. He can do that and be that leader for us.”
Look for Hill to pull double-duty this fall. He will line up at offensive tackle and on the defensive line. Because that’s what his high school team needs. Hill laid waste to some blockers the other day when he lined up on the defensive line.
Crawford also feels Hill can play at center or guard in college.
“The thing is these colleges go after guards,” Crawford said. “Then they take a room of guards and decide intellectually who would be the guy that can get the job done and communicate up and down the line and make the calls and checks for the line. Hill is that sharp guy who can get the job done there.”
He makes that point, but has the evidence of that on film to back that up. Hill fared very well head-to-head last fall with Lee County 5-star and eventual Michigan signee Aubrey Solomon in region play.
That serves as his resume at center for big-time college football.
“That film from that really raised his stock for that,” Crawford said. “He’ll raise his level to whoever he is playing.”
The Bears were without their starting center due to injury heading into that clash. Hill had been at tackle but saw where his team needed him more.
“We had some guys banged up and he wanted that challenge to play center against Solomon,” Crawford said. “That told me a lot about him right there. He knew the football team needed him to take on that challenge so he volunteered for it. He’d do it right now again at any position for our team if he had to. That’s really what you want to see out of your guys. Especially a guy who is as talented as he is.”
Future speed to burn on D
Georgia’s reserves on defense will not lack for speed once the 2017 class gets on the practice field.
This topic came up recently on the DawgNation.com message board and I dug up some track times from this spring to provide a good example of how well some of the new recruits ran at their state track meets this year.
UGA signees in the 100 meters at their state track meets
- CB signee Eric Stokes (Ga.): 10.64 (Finished 2nd in Class 4A)
- LB signee Nate McBride (Ga.) 10.77 (Finished 1st in Class 2A)
- CB signee Ameer Speed (Fla.): 10.91 (Finished 7th in Class 4A)
- DB signee Tray Bishop (Ga.): 11.1 seconds (Finished 1st in 1A)
UGA signees in the 200 meters at their state track meets
- LB signee Nate McBride (Ga.): 21.71 (Finished 1st in Class 2A)
- CB signee Ameer Speed (Fla.): 22.13 (Finished 4th in Class 4A)
- DB signee Eric Stokes (Ga.): 23.02 seconds (Finished 8th in 4A)
That group has size plus speed. Stokes is the only one of those guys who weighs in at less than 185 pounds.
Ohio State is now chasing UGA target Ryland Goede
It is no secret the Bulldogs will have a great shot with 2019 4-star TE prospect Ryland Goede. Goede grew up a UGA fan and got chills the first time he attended a game last fall.
Shane Beamer and Kirby Smart have also made him a priority, too. They are not the only ones. Add Urban Meyer and Ohio State to that mix, too.
“Ohio State was here like three times in one day last week,” he said. “They are trying to figure out where I am right now. They are telling me I am the type of guy they want up there. Ohio State is pitching everything it has got going on. Not just football. Academically. Everything.”
Goede detailed a program in place at Ohio State that takes place every Wednesday. It is for outreach and networking. The aim is to help student-athletes succeed in the corporate world once they leave Columbus. That’s the NFL safety net.
Goede (it is pronounced Go-Dee) still has two years of high school football before he gets to that point.
He’s lining up at tight end (basically a slot in his high school offense) and defensive end for Kennesaw Mountain. The nation’s No. 4 tight end hammered Harrison 5-star QB Justin Fields several times in their spring game last Friday.
“I had to apologize to Justin afterward,” Goede said. “I was like ‘Sorry dude’ but I kept hitting him. He came up one time limping off the field. I was like ‘Sorry buddy’ but we had to slow him down.”
The 6-foot-6.5, 237-pounder plans to camp at Auburn and UGA this summer.
“I also think me, Dom (Blaylock) and JD (Bertrand) might also head up to Georgia in a couple of weeks just to hang out, too,” he said.
Those three life-long friends could all choose to play for the same program. The Bulldogs have offers out to the entire trio. But there are more schools than that on the hunt for Goede.
“I don’t have any top schools but the schools which are recruiting me really really hard are Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Alabama as of right now,” he said.
Michigan visited Goede about two weeks ago. That staff also came twice in one day. That included a practice. The Wolverines offered him after that practice.
The constant attention is becoming a norm.
“It is still fun for me right now,” Goede said. “I am enjoying it. It is sometimes hard to handle but that’s what I have my parents and my buddies for, too. They keep me grounded and all that stuff.”
He’s a class act. It would be hard for a reporter to find a nicer prospect to deal with than Goede.
Ryland Goede’s plans for 2017
Goede sounds focused on his 2017 season up ahead.
“We have ran the triple-option offense here for years,” Goede said. “I want to break our touchdown receiving record and our record for receiving yards and think I can set it pretty high. The touchdown record is like seven and the yards record is 700 or so. I think I can get it up there. The main thing for our team is a winning season. We haven’t had a winning season in school history so we want to get to that and make the playoffs for the first time.”
Goede, who also swings a big bat on the baseball diamond, said his recruiting process is right at the halfway point.
“I’m kinda right at second base right now,” he said.
Look for him to make his decision by the end of his junior year at Kennesaw Mountain.