HUBBARD, Ohio – While Ezekiel Elliot is having one of the most productive seasons from a running back in college football, the Ohio State Buckeyes are struggling to hold on to commits at the position.
Shortly after 4-star De Paul Catholic running back Kareem Walker visited rival Michigan last Saturday, Hubbard athlete George Hill reopened his recruitment and decommitted from Ohio State Wednesday night, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Ari Wasserman.
George Hill, a four-star RB from Hubbard, Ohio, is no longer committed to Ohio State: http://t.co/aQrFnjC0Y6
— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) October 15, 2015
At 6-foot, 200-pounds, Hill is rated as a 4-star athlete by 247Sports.com and the No. 2 athlete in the entire country. In high school, the Eagles use Hill’s talent in multiple ways, splitting the dynamic prospect out in the slot or utilizing his quickness and breakaway speed from the running back position.
At the next level, Hill projected to fill a multitude of roles in Ohio State’s fast-paced offense. With Walker committed to the Buckeyes as a true running back, the Buckeyes are believed to have pitched Hill the opportunity to see the field as an athlete and in the slot.
That’s not to say he can’t play that role for someone else.
Hill held six other offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and West Virginia before pledging to the Buckeyes. He has taken two recent visits to Michigan State and the Spartans finished high on the 4-star prospect’s list the first time around. According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, look for the Spartans to again be a major player for the Hill now that his commitment has opened back up. Of course, Michigan State won’t be alone.
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) October 15, 2015
Without Hill as a part of Ohio State’s 2016 recruiting class, the Buckeyes still sport the Big Ten’s highest-rated collection of prospects. Ohio State ranks No. 2 nationally according to 247Sports.
With the possibility that Walker may also exit the class soon, though, keep a close eye on the Buckeyes in the near future as more action may follow.