Rivals.com – Texas completes flip of nation’s No. 1 linebacker Anthony Hill
The third-ranked defender in the state of Texas, according to Rivals, had been committed to Texas A&M since late July following his official visit to College Station.
However, the Aggies’ lack of success this season was not enough for Hill and his family to stay committed, according to a source.
As a result, Texas immediately emerged as the new frontrunner after finishing second in his recruitment the first time around.
The Longhorns capitalized on that momentum by getting him on campus immediately following his decommitment from the Aggies and landing his commitment just a month later following his in-home visit with the Texas staff.
Texas’ recruitment of Hill heated up as soon as the contact period began for the class of 2023 in September 2021, and the pursuit was good enough to not ...
...only give Texas an official visit this past summer, but it was also enough to put the Longhorns in Hill’s top two ahead of his initial commitment.
Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski remained persistent in his recruitment even after his commitment, as they made it up ...
...to the north Dallas suburb of Denton to see Hill play early in his senior season while also maintaining consistent lines of communication.
Upon Texas A&M’s season going downhill as the fall went on, Texas quietly started to push for the flip.
There is potential for Hill to put his hand in the dirt as a defensive end, but his ability in space as a true form tackler makes him just as valuable in the second level.
In his first two seasons at Denton Ryan as the full-time starter, Hill totaled 236 tackles including 29 for loss and 11 sacks. He was also able to notch four pass breakups and four forced fumbles.