Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Introducing the class: Grant Hill
By Greg Ostendorf
Editor's note: This is a series introducing Alabama's 2013 recruiting class that will run through signing day.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Grant Hill knew he wanted to attend the University of Alabama. He grew up in the state of Alabama. He plays on the offensive line, the strength behind the Crimson Tide’s offense. It was an easy decision. Now, since his commitment, he’s seen his stock continue to rise. After an impressive performance at the Under Armour All-America Game earlier this month, Hill jumped from No. 246 to No. 86 in the final ESPN 150 rankings.
Q: What made you commit to Alabama?
ESPN 300 offensive lineman Grant Hill is a Tide commit and Under Armour All-American.
A: I think it’s the best program. You just look at some of the guys that have come through there, and they’re just better when they come out from when they come in. The offensive line is obviously a huge part of what they’ve been doing the past couple years. I’d just love to be a part of that.
Q: What’s life been like since your commitment?
A: Not real different, honestly. It hasn’t changed much. I know where I’m going. I know what I’ve got to do. I just have to work hard, get ready for college and get ready to make that change.
Q: When did you first meet Coach Saban? What was that like?
A: I met him for the first after the North Texas game on my first visit last year (2011). I kind of asked myself the questions, ‘Why is he wasting his time on me?’ You see him on TV. You see what he’s doing. You see what he’s doing now. I was like, ‘Really, me?’ "
Q: What’s your favorite Alabama memory to this point?
A: It was definitely when I went on my official visit, and we ate the food at Chuck’s Fish. It was incredible. I had a prime rib as big as my plate, and I put all of the rest of the food and the fried shrimp, on top of that. I can go on and talk about the food, but yeah, it was the food.
Q: What’s your goal when you get to Alabama?
A: Just come in as prepared as possible. Be ready for when mom and dad aren’t there and nobody’s looking, and just be able to make the right decisions when it matters most.
Q: Do you have a favorite play or memory from high school?
A: I’d say it was from this year when we beat Clay-Chalkville at Clay-Chalkville. At the time, they were ranked No. 2 in 6A, and I feel like that was very important to my teammates. It was just good to see their reaction because we did that together. That was a team accomplishment. It was just really satisfying.
Favorite food: It all comes down to steak.
Dream car: Just a big truck.
Number at Alabama: I guess 64, but I’ll be happy with any number.
Favorite NFL player: Ray Lewis.
Dream vacation: I’d like to go on another official visit to Bama.
Hobby: I like to play guitar. I like to play video games with my brother.