Rodney Hill became the eighth prospect to commit to FSU’s 2022 recruiting class this past Saturday while on-campus to attend the Garnet and Gold game. And while it wasn’t his first time in Doak Campbell Stadium it certainly might end up being the most memorable for the versatile running back from Bulloch Academy in Statesboro, Ga.
Hill, who is 6-foot and 186 pounds, committed to Virginia in February but after receiving an offer from FSU during the last week of March those plans changed for the rising senior, who has been a lifelong fan of the Seminoles.
“FSU has always been my dream school,” said Hill. “I’ve watched them my entire life.”
He is also a fan of head coach Mike Norvell’s offense. And it’s an offense that should be a perfect fit for Hill, who is just as productive as a pass catcher out of the backfield as he is a runner. This past season Hill ran for 257 yards on 38 attempts and caught 15 passes for 312 yards in five games.
“Coach Norvell’s offense is amazing,” said Hill. “I love the way he spreads the running back out and gets them the ball. It’s a great offense that is going to put up crazy numbers.”
And while Hill is certainly a talented prospect he also knows there are some things he needs to work on heading into his senior season.
“My vision and my speed are my big strengths,” said Hill, who also runs track and was clocked at 11.27 in the 100 meters as recently as spring 2019. “I’m very physical and not scared of contact.”
“I need to work on my juke moves,” said Hill. “When I get to college, I just can’t run through everybody. I have to work on that part of my footwork and I will also be working on my route running and getting out of my breaks quicker.”
When asked about who his favorite former FSU player was the running back was quick to answer, which made you acutely aware that he is not only talented but smart.
“Cam Erving,” answered Hill, who has been communicating with the former FSU and current Carolina Panthers offensive lineman.
“We have been texting on Instagram and just talking,” continued Hill. “It’s crazy that he and I were actually texting.”
He also became a fan of former FSU wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin after attending an FSU home game against NC State in 2013.
“Another FSU legend I like a lot is Kelvin Benjamin, said Hill. “He’s a straight animal. I’ve never seen anyone like him. He did some crazy stuff in that game.”
Hill also enjoyed spending time with two future teammates, quarterback prospect Nicco Marchiol and defensive back Travis Hunter, who had already committed to FSU in the 2022 class.
“It was great just meeting all the guys and getting to know them,” Hill said. “We all are on the same page and it just a great atmosphere.”