Spring football just got under way for Northern Illinois but Rod Carey is already at work on putting together his 2015 recruiting class. Jeff Hill Jr., a cornerback out of Hollywood, Fla. to to Twitter Wednesday to announce he has committed to Northern Illinois.
Hill Jr. is currently unranked by the major scouting services, many of whom are just getting around to ranking high school juniors. He carries an offer from Akron and was receiving interest from Wisconsin according to 247Sports.
At 5-10, 165 pounds Hill Jr. isn't the larger style of cornerback that's becoming increasingly popular in both professional and college football, but he is athletic and quick and good in man coverage, keeping his eyes on the receiver to tell where the ball is behind him. According to his Hudl page he had four interceptions and 17 pass breakups at Miramar High School (Hollywood, Fla.).
NIU has had success in recruiting the Sunshine State recently, including in this past season's recruiting class. Five of the 27 signed members of that class came from Florida, including the prized jewel of the class, high 3-star Deion Hallmon.
According to NCAA regulations Hill's commitment is non-binding. He cannot make it official until he signs a National Letter of Intent, players can't sign until Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.