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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Four-star OL Hill hosts Saban for visit

By Greg Ostendorf

Alabama coach Nick Saban has been busy this week. He has been making the rounds to see top 2013 targets like Reuben Foster and Alvin Kamara, as well as checking in on the 2014 prospects to get a head start on next year.

He started the week in Huntsville, where he made his in-home visit Monday with Crimson Tide offensive line commitment Grant Hill.

“He came by and we ate,” Hill said. “We just kind of talked, and he was just asking me how I was doing. It was just really cool, him coming to my house, because you don’t expect guys like that to be walking around inside your house. It was just a great experience, and it was an honor.”

Hill saw his ESPN ranking jump from No. 246 to No. 86 after an impressive performance this month in the Under Armour All-America Game. Although he’s still projected to play tackle at Alabama, Hill is now the No. 1 guard in the country.

“I felt like I did pretty good,” Hill said of his play in the UA Game. “I got to go up against, obviously, some really good guys down there -- definitely Robert Nkemdiche. I feel like he’s a great pass-rusher. Dee Liner’s probably one of the best defensive lineman that I’ve ever been against in my life. The first step, he really gets off the ball well. Those two really stood out to me.”

With such high praise for Liner, Hill knows how important it would be if the Tide could add him to the class. Liner, the No. 4 defensive tackle in the country, decommitted from Auburn on Monday.

“I feel like it would be huge because Alabama seems like they build their team from the inside up, from lineman on and so forth,” Hill said. “I feel like he’d be a great addition to the team.”