Photo by Heather Middleton
By Doug Gorman
Luella cornerback Alvin Hill had a breakout junior season for the Lions last year.
After all, when a player sets a school record with six interceptions and has 43 tackles and five pass break ups, it's enough for college recruiters to sit up and take notice.
That they did.
Now, as Hill gets ready for his senior year, his college football future has been decided.
Thursday afternoon, Hill verbally committed to the University of Maryland.
"He really worked hard for us and was named to the All 2-AAAAA Region team," Luella head coach Nick Vasilchek said. "He is the first football player at Luella to be named a permanent team captain."
Maryland began showing interest in the 5-10, 180-pound cornerback after watching tapes of him play in games last season.
Hill then attended a camp at the University of Maryland were he again impressed coaches with his athletic ability.
The recruiting process wasn't that bad," Hill said. "I'm excited that I have been offered a scholarship."
Hill had to have learned a little bit about the recruiting from his brother Detrick Bonner, who signed with Virginia Tech out of Luella.
Vasilcek is glad the Lions' captain has his college future decided before the start of the 2011 season.
"I think he can relax now and just enjoy being a senior," he said.
Although he is one of the team captains for Luella, he says he's not a vocal leader.
"I am kind of quiet," he said. "I sort of go out there and try to lead by example," he said.
He promises that he won't let up just because he has verbally committed to the Terrapins.
"I am still going to keep working hard," he promised.
Hill is optimistic the Lions have what it takes to make the playoffs this year.
"There's a lot of talent on this team," he said. "I think we can be pretty good."
Hill is the third rising senior from the Southern Crescent to verbally commit. Lovejoy's Rico McWilliams has committed to South Carolina, and Union Grove's D.J. White has committed to South Florida.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. Players can't officially sign their letters of intent until February 1, 2012.