After taking his official visit to Tuscaloosa last June, 5-star safety Daxton Hill appeared as though he would be playing his college football at Alabama.
The Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington product, however, did not make a commitment in the summer as he had hinted at doing, instead opting to take an official visit to Michigan — another top school — in September that ultimately sealed the deal for the Wolverines.
Fast-forward to last weekend, Hill decided to flip to the Crimson Tide on Saturday night.
Hill’s father, Derrick, provided BamaOnLine with a simple comment on the decision earlier this week:
“Dax’s decision was a personal one, and he wanted to be closer to home — that’s pretty much it in a nutshell,” Derrick Hill said.
The nation’s No. 1 safety sat down with the Tulsa World this week and went a little bit more in-depth on why the change of heart one week after the SEC Championship Game win over Georgia.
“(Alabama’s) just been one of the leaders in my whole recruiting process, so I wouldn’t say it was over a game that switched my mind — they were just always recruiting me hard,” he told Mike Brown.
Another interesting nugget in Hill’s sit-down with the Tulsa World is that he has not yet decided whether he will sign early or wait until February. After he flipped BamaOnLine was told he would wait until National Signing Day on Feb. 6. However, he has the chance to end the recruiting process next Wednesday if he so chooses. Of course, the Tide is making an effort to get the majority of its pledges officially onboard next week.
Michigan is still pushing to flip Hill back to the Wolverines’ class. Signing early would eliminate Jim Harbaugh and staff’s chances.
Hill, who’s drawn comparisons to Minkah Fitzpatrick by Nick Saban himself, is rated the No. 1 safety in the country and the No. 8 overall player in the nation, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Here’s what 247Sports has to say about Hill’s ability:
Slender, high cut, muscular athlete. Not a frame that is built for a lot of mass but possesses enough size. Incredibly twitched up, explosive athlete. Posted some of the best combine numbers in the 2019 class. Elite range as a free safety. Versatile enough to project as a pure corner on the college or NFL level. Physical enough as an eager tackler to play safety. Provides versatility to cover quicker slot receivers. Good ball skills. Size and bulk could limit his role as an in-the-box defender. Rare athleticism and position versatility allow Hill to project as an impact player at either safety, corner or nickel at a national power. First or second round NFL Draft pick.