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National Signing Day 2011: LB D.J. Hill Signs with Virginia

D.J. Hill | Linebacker | Newton HS (Covington, Ga.)
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6'1" / 215 lbs  Video: [ESPN] [Rivals]

Rankings:
- ESPN:  3* / 77 Rating / #81 OLB
- Rivals: 3* / 5.6 Rating / #41 ILB / #83 State
- Scout: 3* / #103 OLB
- _247: N/A

Other Offers: Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Southern Mississippi, UAB, Vanderbilt

Notes:  If he can get to the hole in time, he'll plug it up and finish strong. Question whether he's got the speed to get there. He's touted for his aggressive attitude and his tackling technique. He's also good with his hands and can both fight his way through the offensive line and be disruptive on the pass coverage (his junior year, he had four interceptions, three of which were returned for a touchdown). He also had 90 tackles and 563 offensive rushing yards that season.

Quotables

"I talked to Coach London ... and he said after looking at my tape that he's looking at me as an athlete and they're going to look at me at a couple of different spots. I think I could play inside or outside linebacker and Virginia likes to move their guys around, so I think that would be a good fit for me in their defense."

"Coach Brown played a big role. We had a close relationship and good conversations. He was definitely a big part of my decision."

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