For the second installment of Scout's "Player To Watch" series, we take a closer look at defensive tackle Jordan Hill. Here's Scout's analysis:
Already a formidable player in 2010, Hill trimmed down to 297 pounds in the off-season to improve his quickness. He moved into Penn State's starting lineup alongside fellow D-tackle Devon Still and has proven to be the perfect complement. Hill has focused solely on the nose tackle position in 2011 and yet still ranks among PSU's leaders in tackles and tackles for loss.
Hill was originally a Rutgers commit and led his Steel-High team to consecutive state championships before coming to Penn State. One day, Larry Johnson, Sr. showed up at Steel-High and offered Hill a scholarship to PSU and that was essentially the end of Hill's plans to play in Piscataway.
After a few years in Penn State's system, Hill and Devon Still now make up the best tandem of defensive tackles in the Big Ten. With Still drawing so many double teams, Hill has been able to make a name for himself -- mostly in opposing backfields, but also hustling downfield after ball carriers and receivers. Good thing he lost that extra weight:
Penn State Football: Jordan Hill Summer Interview (via GoPSUTV)
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