Michigan picks up Big Ten-best 3rd 2013 commit from versatile tight end Khalid Hill
The Michigan football team picked up its third commitment for 2013 on Monday afternoon, and it comes at a spot where the Wolverines are thin.
Khalid Hill, a tight end from Detroit Crockett High School, was offered by the Wolverines shortly before 4 p.m. He committed on the spot, coach Brady Hoke by his side.
Hill, who stands 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, follows quarterback Shane Morris and safety Dymonte Thomas in verbally committing to Michigan for 2013. The Wolverines are the only Big Ten school with as many as three commits. Ohio State has two.
Hill already is close to Morris, one of the nation's top quarterbacks who preps at Warren DeLaSalle. They have played on the same seven-on-seven team. He also has a relationship with tailback Dennis Norfleet, a Detroit Martin Luther King product who signed with Michigan for 2012.
Scout Midwest recruiting expert Allen Trieu said there was never any doubt Hill would end up at Michigan. It was only a matter of when he was offered.
"He's a lifelong Michigan fan," Trieu said. "It wasn't ever going to be an issue of whether he went there. Just when.
"I'm maybe a little surprised it happened now, but there wasn't going an issue of whether he'd end up there."
Michigan signed two tight ends last week, as Farmington Hills Harrison's Devin Funchess and Cincinnati's A.J. Williams joined the program. But, Trieu said Hill will be used differently than those two.
Hill is more of an H-back type, Trieu said. That means he'll be a sort of fullback-tight end hybrid, often lining up in the backfield.
The Wolverines signed Sione Houma, their first fullback in five years, last week. The two could compete for playing time.
"Hill is different than this tight end class, in that he's not 6-5," Trieu said. "He'll be almost like a fullback, and I think Michigan was looking for that kind of versatility.
"With Houma, he's more of a ball carrier, and Hill's going to be more of a receiver."
Hill caught 29 passes last year for 448 yards and six touchdowns as a junior at Detroit Crockett High School. He camped at Michigan last summer, where he put on an impressive display.
Because Hill is more of an H-back type, Trieu said Michigan could still target one more tight end for 2013. It has around 18 scholarships for that class, with three now spoken for.