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BTW Hornet Safety Headed to Big Ten Country

GTR Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR BOUND: Booker T. Washington’s Dax Hill chooses Michigan as his college football destination

Photo by MIKE MOGUIN for Midtown Monitor

Dax Hill has been a highly-sought-after talent since his sophomore year. Now, the Booker T. Washington safety is settled on where he will play college football – with the Maize and Blue of Michigan.

“I feel good about it,” Hill said. “I know it’s a long process, but it feels good to finally get it over with.”

Hill announced his decision on social media on Sept. 18. Although, he will be traveling up north, he’s not concerned about any culture shock.

“When I went up there, I felt at home with everybody there,” Hill said. “So, there wouldn’t be too much of a difference.

“(Ann Arbor) was really laid back, a very college town type of atmosphere. It has a kind of city-type look to it. It really is a nice campus. I enjoyed everything about it,” he added.

But, he knows he’ll be faced with more cold weather.

“Yeah. I think that is one thing I’ll have to get used to once I get up there,” Hill said. “The weather and all the snow. Sometimes it snows here, but I know it snows a lot up there, so, I think that’s one thing I have to get ready for.”

Hill chose Michigan over Alabama, OSU, Clemson, OU and Ohio State.

As for games, Hill saw the Wolverines play SMU back in September and hopes to attend another game before the season ends.

Once up there, he is anxious to see the NFL’s Detroit Lions play if he gets a chance.

Going to Michigan means Hill will be playing for Jim Harbaugh, whom he has gotten to know.

“I’ve talked to him multiple times,” he said. “I have a good relationship with him.
“He’s a funny guy. He cares about all his players. He treats them like family. He’s a great person to be coached by,”

The fact that Harbaugh has coached in a Super Bowl (XLVII with the San Francisco 49ers) does help.

“That just shows how well he knows the game and how long he’s been in the game. He knows his stuff,” Hill said.

Hill is the younger brother Justice Hill, who is having a stellar career at Oklahoma State.

“He’s been doing good,” Dax Hill said of Justice. “I know he’s been doing well this year along with the last couple of years. Hopefully, if he has a chance, he’ll probably go to the (NFL). But, it’s his decision. So, I just keep watching until whatever he decides.”

Another Hornet, D.J. Jones, who is bound for Oklahoma State, plays alongside Hill in the secondary. Being a duo has been of benefit for both, Hill said.

“He’s very competitive,” Hill said of Jones. “We always try to make plays on the field as well as practice, so competing with him kind of elevates my game.”

As you would expect, a favorite moment in his high school career was when the Hornets won the Class 6AII State Championship last year.

“That was the first time that has ever happened to me, so, it was kind of a shock. I was excited at the same time, and hopefully we can do the same thing this year,” Hill said.

Playing varsity as a freshman is another of Hill’s favorite moments.

Booker T. began the year with a 2-3 start, but have since won three straight (as of submission of this story).

“It’s been kind of an up-and-down season for us. The win (Oct. 5) against Shawnee was a good win for us, so hopefully we can keep the momentum going, keep winning games and hopefully be undefeated for the rest of the season.”

Updated 11-16-2018

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