January 6, 2008

Chicago lineman likes Texas

When Chicago (Illinois) Leo offensive lineman Leon Hill arrived in San Antonio last Thursday, he had more than a trip to the Riverwalk in mind.

Although Hill is already regarded as one of the nation's top junior offensive lineman and is ranked No.46 on the initial Rivals.com Top 100 for the Class of 2009, he wanted to open up some eyes beyond his neck of the world.

"I just wanted to come out here and try to get my name out there," "I wanted to come out and perform well at the combine, so more people would learn about me."

After tipping the scales at 6-6, 341 pounds at the US Army Junior Combine and then performing well in one-on-one drills, Hill's trip to the Lone Star State will likely ensure that recruiters from coast-to-coast begin to knock on his door.

"Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin are all interested." Hill, who has already been offered by Illinois, said.

If Hill has his way, he'll soon hear from a school that was only an hour away from his weekend stop.

"I like Texas," Hill said. "They usually have a big line and I like their style of play. They run the ball a lot and I like to run block. Most of my mom's family lives down there and I've always liked them."

So, what kind of impact might a couple of letters from the Texas coaching staff have on the four-star prospect?

"If they were to start recruiting me, I would be very interested," Hill said. "I would really look at them."

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