Lavert Hill, ladies and gentlemen!
Home/HS: Detroit, MI/Detroit Martin Luther King
Weight: 170 lbs
Recruited By: Charles Huff, Terry Smith
Starz 'n Sheetz:
Stars: 4* 247, Rivals, Scout; 3* ESPN
Offer Sheet: Michigan, Illinois, Miami, NC State, UNC, Ohio State, Temple, Tennessee
And check out his Hudl page here.
Confirmed that #ESPNJr 300 DB Lavert Hill (Detroit) committed to Penn State. Brother of Michigan's Delano Hill.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 31, 2015
Woah. That's a really impressive pull for the Nittany Lions RT @AllenTrieu: Penn State picks up Detroit King CB Lavert Hill.— Mike Wilson (@MikeWScout) January 31, 2015
Long considered a Michigan lean, likely because of the familial connection Hill pulled the trigger for the Nittany Lions while on an unofficial visit to Happy Valley this weekend. Most of the predictions for Hill were made many moons ago, before Harbaugh took over the reigns in Ann Arbor, but Michigan was still on Hill's radar--as was Ohio State, where Hill took a visit last weekend for junior day.
Hill recently transferred from Cass Tech, which has sent many recent grads to MSU and OSU, to MLK high school, where he'll play with fellow highly touted class of 2016 recruit Donnie Corley, amongst others.
Hill is widely seen as a top five prospect in the state of Michigan, and top twenty in his position nation-wide. Aside from who he is as a player, Hill represents a major pull by James Franklin for a player from Michigan, aka the land of Jim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio. Gaining his verbal commitment is just the first step in this process though, as keeping him in line to sign for Penn State one year from next week will take a committed effort from the staff, and they will likely, basically have to continue recruiting him as if he were uncommitted. Michigan State, in particular, is seen as a major threat here. Looking at the way things are right now though, you can't help but be giddy about the 2016 class thus far if you're a Penn State fan. DE Shane Simmons, QB Jake Zembiec, RB Miles Sanders and CB Lavert Hill is about as good of a core as you can hope to have, before the 2015 class has even officially signed.
When he finally gets to Penn State over a year from today, Hill will be a candidate to play right away. He is a very skilled cover corner, who knows how to stick on a receiver like glue, and knows how to make a quarterback pay for missing with a throw. He is someone who will benefit greatly from being on a D1 workout plan to help build up more muscle to allow him to play more effective press coverage. However, he is also still only halfway through his junior year of high school. There is still time for him to grow and fill out his frame.
Hill's commitment brings the 2016 class to 4, and with other 2016 players on campus this weekend, he may not be the last player to verbally commit this weekend.
You can follow Hill on twitter at @VertHill21.
Welcome to Penn State, Lavert!