TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Incoming offensive lineman Brandon Hill doesn’t mind saying he’s overweight. After all, it gives him a chance to talk about how much more overweight he used to be.
A signee out of Hargrave Military Academy, Hill enrolled in January with 406 pounds on his 6-foot-7 frame. He said he weighs 390 now and aims to be at 350 by the beginning of preseason practice in August.
Hill said it has helped to work with Tide strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran. In addition, he has received guidance from nutitionists at Alabama.
For example, he said he used to think sports drinks were good for him but was told they have sugar that adds weight.
“They said wait a minute, if you take water you’ll be good,” he said.
Alabama got a Christmas present today when offensive lineman Brandon Hill committed to the Crimson Tide, according to multiple published reports.
The 6-foot-6, 350-pound Hill has taken a winding route to Tuscaloosa. He signed with Alabama in February out of St. George’s High in Collierville, Tenn., but didn’t qualify academically.
He spent this fall at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., and committed to Ole Miss in November. He is Alabama’s 21st commitment and is set to enroll in time to attend classes in January.
In 2011, Hill helped St. George’s to the Tennessee Division II-A title after losing in the championship game a year earlier. Out of high school, Rivals.com and Scout.com rated him as a three-star prospect.
Here’s video of some of his senior year highlights, courtesy of 247sports.com:
Former Alabama signee Brandon Hill has committed to Ole Miss, according to Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Hill, a 6-foot-6 and 352-pound offensive lineman, signed with the Crimson Tide in February but did not quality academically. He spent the fall at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., and announced Tuesday he had qualified. He began a recruiting trip to Ole Miss on Thursday and committed today.
Although only a three-star prospect out of high school, he was expected to help Alabama.
Hill played at St. George’s High in Collierville, Tenn., helping his team to the Tennessee Division II-A state title after losing in the championship game a year earlier.
Offensive line recruit Brandon Hill will not enroll at Alabama this fall and instead will attend Hargrave Military Academy in an effort to become eligible.
Hill revealed on Twitter today that he is not eligible to play for Alabama because of the NCAA Clearinghouse. In another Twitter posting, he said he “will be attending Hargrave Military Academy (prep school) to get eligible and play football.”
Alabama coach Nick Saban had held Hill’s spot open in hopes that the lineman could meet academic requirements put forth by the Clearinghouse.
Hill was listed at 6-foot-6 and 352 pounds when he signed with Alabama out of St. George’s High in Collierville, Tenn.
He helped St. George’s to the Tennessee Division II-A title after losing in the championship game a year earlier. He was the heaviest offensive lineman in the Crimson Tide’s 2012 recruiting class.
The major recruiting services rated him as a consensus three-star prospect.