Class of 2022 RB/WR prospect Rodney Hill announced his verbal commitment to the Seminoles on April 10 but concluded official visit in Tallahassee over the weekend.
“The official visit was amazing,” said Hill. “This is the first (official visit) I’ve ever been on, and Florida State has always been home for me. It was the best visit ever. I love the people, the atmosphere, everything.”
Hill, who is 6-foot and 186 pounds, ranks as the 42nd best prospect in Georgia and the 424th best overall prospect in the class of 2022. Hill said he is being recruited to play tailback in coach Mike Norvell’s offense.
“It’ll be like LT, like (Lawrence) Toafili, so I’ll be in the backfield sometimes, running some jets and stuff, then slot out there because I can catch too.”
Hill said he had faith in Florida State before and during the game and was especially impressed with the Seminoles’ run game that accumulated 264 yards against a stout Fighting Irish defense.
“The run game was amazing,” said Hill. “Coach (David) Johnson is doing a pretty great job. We talk about what the running backs are doing and what he’s got them doing all the time. I just love the way they hit the hole. They hit it pretty hard, and they know how to find those little gaps and get into the defense, and I just love that about him.”
Hill, who plans to enroll early, views himself as a student-athlete who enjoys and prioritizes education.
“Academics are a big part for me,” Hill said. “With (Florida State) being top 20, No. 19 right now in education, that’s pretty high on my standards, but that’s what I like to do. I’m a nerd. School is my thing.”
On a night where Florida State was under the national microscope facing a ranked opponent, Mike Norvell and the FSU staff hosted a massive sum of recruits inside Doak Campbell Stadium to watch the 2021 Seminoles in their season opener. Of these prospects were 11 official visitors and countless unofficial visitors between the 2022-2025 class.
Hill talked about which uncommitted official visitors surprised him the most in their cheering efforts.
“Kevin (Coleman) and Jaleel (Skinner) were literally up all the time,” Hill said. “Every time me and Travis (Hunter) got up and threw the chop, Jaleel and Kevin were up with us throwing the chop, yelling and everything.”
Does Hill think Florida State improved their standing with either of the two top prospects over the weekend?
“We definitely did,” said Hill.
Hill said he will not visit any other schools. He plans to visit again on Nov. 13 when Florida State squares off against Miami.
“You can see what Coach (Mike) Norvell is doing, like everything that he’s been training (the players) to do,” said Hill. “You can see it all working. You can see the ‘climb’ starting to happen.”