Alvin Hill, Junior, Defensive Back, #27
2013: 24 tackles (14 solo), 2 pass breakups
2012: 1 tackle (solo), 1 TFL
High School Stats: 45 tackles (25 assisted), 11 pass breakups, four interceptions (one for a touchdown), 2.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, four kickoff returns for 116 yards and a touchdown, three punt returns for 134 yards and a touchdown, and a blocked field goal
247sports composite Ratings: 3 star (#118 in Georgia, #110 cornerback)
High School: Luella High School (Ga)
Hometown: Locaust Grove, Georgia
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Hill ended his recruitment fairly early on in the process. While attending a camp at Maryland, Hill earned a scholarship offer. The Terps' offer was the second earned by the under the radar prospect, following Tennessee-Chattanooga (an FCS program). Hill accepted Maryland's offer a few days later, cancelling trips to Georgia and Georgia Tech (Tennessee and Mississippi State also showed interest in Hill during his recruiting process). Hill's older brother, Detrick Bonner, is a safety at Virginia Tech, entering his senior year.
At Luella, he was the first-ever permanent team captain for the program, and set the school record for interceptions (with six as a junior). He rans the 40-yard dash at about 4.42, and exceled in man-to-man coverage.
Profiling the entire team
As a true freshman, Hill saw the field in half of the games during the 2012 campaign. He recorded his only tackle that year against Boston College, bringing down Dave Dudeck for a five-yard loss.
With the injuries to Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle, Hill was pressed into service as the nickel or dime cornerback alongside A.J. Hendy. Hill slowly worked his way into the flow during the 2013 season, slowly building up solid performances. During the Virginia game, he recorded his first collegiate pass breakup, and had a career high 4 tackles against Clemson. He later tied his career high in tackles against Marshall in the Military Bowl, to go along with a pass breakup.
His four-tackle performance against Virginia.
Performing so well he moves Will Likely to the slot corner position and Hill starts as boundary corner.
The 2013 season provided Hill with a year of solid backup experience. Although he did not start a year ago, Hill proved a capable backup and will look to parlay his experience into a prominent role in 2014. Hill set the tone on the first play of spring practice, intercepting one pass, and deflecting several others, and he should challenge for a storting spot.
Jeremiah Johnson and Will Likely are likely locked in at the boundary and field corner spots. If Hill plays so well in fall camp that the coaches can't keep him off the field, I could see Hill taking over the boundary corner position and bumping Likely to the slot corner, a more natural position for the shorter Likely. I think the probable outcome of fall camp is that Hill and Hendy share the nickel and dime corner positions, each seeing time depending on match-ups more than anything.
Our next Terp used his speed and agility to catch rabbits in his spare time.
Daniel Hamilton has taken sole possession of 3rd place.
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