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Michael Hill gives Buckeyes pledge No. 14

6/27/2012

Even before a single offer rolled in, Michael Hill had a favorite in mind.

The massive defensive tackle had long since confided to his coach at Pendleton (S.C.) High School that he loved watching Ohio State on television.

Now he's planning to suit up for the Buckeyes after verbally committing to Urban Meyer's program on Wednesday, Pendleton coach Paul Sutherland confirmed by phone.

"I just met with him and told him to wait if he's about 90 percent," Sutherland said. "He told me was 110 percent, so let's go with it."

The Buckeyes will surely welcome the four-star defensive tackle along for the ride with open arms considering his blend of size at 6-foot-3, 315 pounds and his play-making ability after racking up 25 tackles for a loss last season.

It's also the second addition in as many days for Ohio State as they try to add depth defensively, picking up some beef from Hill to go with the versatility provided by Darron Lee, who had just become the 13th verbal commitment for the 2013 class on Tuesday.

"Hill has got a very good motor, and his upside is just tremendous," Sutherland said. "And believe it or not, growing up Ohio State was his favorite team to watch on ESPN.

"He told me that in 9th grade even before he had the first offer. I thought distance would be a huge factor, and in the end it guess it was, but it wasn't too much to overcome."

After all, Hill already knows his games with the Buckeyes will be broadcast back home.