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December 15, 2013

Hill is 2nd of the day


Kolin Hill wrapped up an official visit to Notre Dame on Sunday by catching a return flight home.

Once the linebacker from Schertz, Texas, hit the ground he did a round of interviews recapping the trip. Hours later he would embark on another media session after deciding to give the Irish a verbal commitment.

Hill talked things over with his parents then placed a call to defensive line coach Mike Elston. Head coach Brian Kelly signed off and plans to follow up with Hill on Monday.

"We just sat down and talked," Hill said. "I told you (Texas) Tech and ND were interests of mine. We talked about the pros of cons of going to both schools. Definitely Notre Dame was the best choice for me academically and from a football standpoint. You've gotta think about your future.

"Texas Tech, you could go there for four years and you might not even know what your job is gonna be. Notre Dame, you go there and you're set for life."

Notre Dame now has 21 commitments total in the Class of 2014 and four from linebackers. Hill became the second prospect to give the Irish a pledge Sunday, joining fellow linebacker Nile Sykes.

Both were on official visits over the weekend.

Hill learned more about where the Irish staff likes him in terms of the different linebacker positions during his stay in South Bend.

"Coach Kelly actually told me there's options for me," Hill said. "I could play inside linebacker and outside. That's what he told me."

Notre Dame won out over scholarship offers from Boise State, Colorado, Nevada, Texas Tech, Texas-San Antonio and UTEP. Texas had also expressed interest in recent weeks.

Colorado hosted Hill on an official visit earlier this month. But getting on the Notre Dame campus and getting to know players already in the program set the Irish apart.

"It was a big factor," Hill said. "The guys, the recruits I was with, they were really welcoming. They said to join the family. It feels good to be a part of it now because I felt like I was an outcast. There were only three people who weren't committed. I kinda felt like the outcast. Now that I'm part of it, Golden Army '14, it's an honor."


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