Youngstown Cardinal Mooney’s Hill headed North to Michigan

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Mooney LB/DE Taylor Hill issued a verbal commitment to Oklahoma last July but decommitted in mid-December citing that he wanted to play closer to home. The Detroit News is reporting that Hill has found a home at Michigan and has committed to the Wolverines.

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Youngstown Cardinal Mooney LB/DE Taylor Hill issued a verbal commitment to Oklahoma last July but decommitted in mid-December citing that he wanted to play closer to home.

Now, the Detroit News is reporting that Hill has found a home at Michigan and has committed to the Wolverines over LSU, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse.

Hill tallied 120 tackles this season for state runner-up Mooney. He is rated as the No. 22 prospect in in the state in the January issue of Ohio High magazine and is rated as the No. 76 OLB in the country by ESPN.com.

The following is profile on Hill by Recruiting Editor Duane Long as it appears in the January issue of Ohio High magazine:

22. **** Taylor Hill (6-2, 200, DE/LB, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney)

Hill is the most underappreciated player in the state of Ohio.

He is on a star-studded team with teammates headed to Notre Dame, two to Penn State and underclassman John Simon already committed to Ohio State. Being the fourth or fifth best player on your team is not going to get a player a lot of time in the spotlight.

It does not seem to bother this outstanding team-oriented player.

I am still trying to decide where Hill fits in best. He is a strong-side end on high school. I was wondering why a player with the closing speed Hill shows would be on the strong side most of the time but it is because he is so strong at the point of attack. I noticed how many times he stands up tackles. He has a shocking punch, regularly knocking them into the backfield. If the play is coming his way, it is over at that point.

I think he might move to linebacker on the college level but he is so good at the line of scrimmage. He is not going to grow into a full blown 4-3 defensive end, but he would make quite a stand-up 3-4 defensive end. He does a great job of avoiding blockers and is a good hand fighter.

Longtime Mooney watchers say we have it all wrong – Taylor Hill’s best position is running back. I have seen film of him as a running back and he would surely be a top 100 player as a running back and might be a top 50 player. He is that good, but where I see him playing his college football is on defense either as a 4-3 linebacker or a 3-4 defensive end. Hill had 21 sacks among his 140 tackles as a senior for Mooney.

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