Sunday was a big day for Miami recruiting, capping off a run of three running back recruits in seven days. Following news of Maurice Thomas's pledge last Monday and Leonard Ross's verbal on Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon brought news that "highly underrated" (per Scout's South Carolina writer) running back Isaiah Hill of Duncan, South Carolina had committed to the Red and White. Hill's commitment was first reported by RedHawk Insider.
Byrnes is a powerhouse program in the Palmetto State, with eight state titles since 2002. The Rebels boast Marcus Lattimore (you might have heard of him) among their alumni. And if you want a chance to see Hill in action, Byrnes will open the season on ESPNU against last year's South Carolina AAAA-II champions, Northwestern High School of Rock Hill.
Isaiah Hill is the latest Byrnes prospect in the school's run of success to get noticed. He chose Miami over offers from both Western Michigan and Toledo, plus reported interest from Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina and (the actual) USC, among others. (He also had an offer from Garnder-Webb of the FCS.)
Hill's stats show that he's more than worthy of playing at the next level. According to MaxPreps, he averaged 7.7 yards per carry and 16.9 yards per reception last year. He also scored nearly 1.5 touchdowns per game for the Rebels, whom he led to the semifinals of the AAAA-I playoffs.
Hill is another feather in the cap for Chuck Martin and running backs coach Autry Denson, whose contacts in the southeast (he coached high school and FCS ball in Florida after retiring from the pros) look like they'll be quite fruitful for the RedHawks going forward.
And here, courtesy of Hudl, are Hill's highlights from last season: