We continue to move through the secondary.
Alvin Hill, Sophomore, Cornerback, #27
Collegiate Stats: One tackle (one for a loss)
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
Recruiting Ratings: Three stars by Rivals and 24/7 (#118 in Georgia, #110 CB), two stars by Scout and ESPN (#126 in Georgia, #90 CB)
High School: Luella
Hometown: Locust Grove, Ga.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
The younger brother of Virginia Tech cornerback Detrick Bonner, Alvin Hill was the definition of an under-the-radar prospect. After just starting to pick up some high-major interest, Hill went to a camp at Maryland, where he impressed coaches enough to earn a scholarship offer. The Terps were only the second school to offer the young corner, after FCS program Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Hill accepted the offer after only a few days of thought. He also received interest from Tennessee and Mississippi State, among others, and canceled four scheduled camp trips, including Georgia and Georgia Tech, after accepting the Terps' scholarship.
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 runs the 40-yard dash at about 4.42, and excels in man-to-man coverage.
Last season, Hill was a surprise presence on the field, playing in half of the Terps' games as a true freshman. He recorded his only tackle against Boston College, bringing down Dave Dudeck for a five-yard loss.
That tackle for a loss of Dudeck.
Hill beats out Isaac Goins to become the team's primary nickel corner.
On the pre-spring depth chart, Hill is second at one of the two cornerback positions, behind presumptive top corner Dexter McDougle. That's not going to change (barring injury or suspension), so Hill's focus has to be on Isaac Goins, who did quite well for himself last year and has set himself up as the nickel back.
Hill is likely the more physically talented of the two, but Goins's experience at Contra Costa College and his eleven-tackle, three passes deflected season last year puts him at the front of the battle. While it may not be as high-profile as some of the other position battles this season, the third corner is perhaps the most important non-starter on any football team (besides backup quarterback, naturally). Hill is a playmaker, and provides the Terps with an interesting option in pass-heavy sets.
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