June 10, 2011

Mammoth tackle's stock soars on camp circuit

Brandon Hill tipped the scales at 379 pounds on his 6-foot-6 frame last weekend at Ole Miss' elite camp.

So forgive the Rebels' coaches if they were skeptical that the offensive tackle from Memphis (St. George's), Tenn., could actually move his feet.

Hill not only moved his size 17s, but he moved them nimbly.

"They wanted to see my quick feet," Hill said. "Most of the colleges call my coach and say, 'Are his feet as good as everybody says they are?' I come and show them. They're surprised I'm this quick at how much I weigh now and they're excited about how quick I could get when I come in."

Along those lines, Hill ran a 5.5-second 40-yard dash in Oxford.

"Imagine what I'd run if I weighed 330," Hill said with a smile.

Needless to say, Ole Miss extended a scholarship offer to Hill, joining Southern Mississippi, Memphis, Mississippi State and Nebraska as schools to officially join the race for what will likely be one of the more coveted signatures in the Mid-South.

"They just want me to lose weight and get quick, so that's what I'm working on doing," Hill said.

The fact that Hill's stock is soaring is a story in and of itself. Hill transferred from Manassas to St. George's last fall and was forced to sit out the bulk of his junior season.

"Basically, I really got stronger," Hill said. "Sitting out a year, I didn't have to go over plays and practice. I just stayed in the weight room and ran and got stronger. Then I went to (junior varsity) games and stayed with my techniques.

"I've got a lot of people pushing me on my back, saying they can't wait to see me (play this fall)."

Hill said he will spend Saturday at Georgia's camp, and he remains hopeful he'll hear from LSU.

"I cheer them on when they play," Hill said of the Tigers. "I want them to get a look at me. I've got to get a lot faster and a lot stronger because I know they've got good guys coming out of there."

If LSU does offer, Les Miles likely won't get an immediate commitment. Hill said his decision will be more complex than that.

"I'm not just looking at it as a football team," Hill said. "I want to major in sports management, so I've got to look at that, too."

WILLIAMS EAGER TO GET BACK ON FIELD: Hill's teammate at both Manassas and St. George's, running back Omar Williams, is eager to get back on the playing field this fall as well.

Williams rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore at Manassas. He said several schools _ including Ole Miss, Memphis, Tennessee and Mississippi State _ have indicated they plan to keep an eye on him this fall.

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