TAMPA – USF head coach Jim Leavitt announced the signing of defensive lineman Anthony Hill to a scholarship.
Hill will join the USF program at the start of the 2009 spring semester and will be eligible to play in the fall.
The Pensacola high school product originally signed an NLI with Florida State but did not enroll prior to the fall semester of 2008.
“He’s a heck of a player,” said USF assistant coach Mike Canales, who recruits the Pensacola area for USF. “He’s a big and strong player that will immediately improve our depth and skill on the interior defensive line.”
At 6-4 and 290 pounds, Hill also adds a good combination of size and height to the USF defensive line. He is taller than current regular starters Terrell McClain and Sampson Genus, while tipping the scales heavier than Aaron Harris.
In addition to Harris, McClain and Genus, USF returns two players (Cory Grissom, Keith McCaskill) that earned snaps on the interior defensive line.
Hill was a three-star defensive tackle at Pensacola high school according to Rivals and Scout.com. Both ESPN and Scout.com had him rated in the top-40 among defensive tackle prospects. Rivals ranked Hill as the 51st-best DT prospect and 61st among all recruits in the state of Florida. Hill was named FSWAA All-State 3A First Team Defense and PrepStar All-Region. He had eight sacks and 65 tackles as a senior and 9.5 sacks as a junior.
Hill is close friends with McClain and hails from the same hometown that produced USF two-time All-American George Selvie. Selvie attended Pensacola’s Pine Forest HS.