The hard work is paying off for Demetrius Hill, but he’s still quick to point out the challenges that lie ahead.
But things are looking up for the former Kankakee High School standout. After spending two years improving his grades while playing football in junior college, Hill will make his debut for the University of South Florida this fall.
“I felt like it was the best fit,” he said. “They needed help at defensive end, and I was looking for someplace outside of Illinois. I wanted to keep expanding and try someplace new.”
Hill’s tremendous size and natural athleticism had the attention of college coaches during his time at Kankakee, but his poor performance in the classroom led Division I programs to shy away.
Instead of immediately finding himself on the national stage, the 6-foot-3-inch defensive end landed at Fort Scott Community College (Kan.).
It’s his departure from his hometown — along with the encouragement from his mother — that Hill said helped get his education headed in the right direction.
His career on the football field also started to take off.
Hill turned in a monster sophomore season for Fort Scott with 61 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, three forced fumbles and a blocked punt.
The effort earned him NJCAA honorable mention All-American accolades and drew interest from some of the country’s top Division I programs.
Baylor, Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, Texas Tech and Minnesota all made offers before Hill eventually decided to enroll for this past spring’s semester at South Florida to study physical education and play for the Bulls.
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By Kyle Nabors | The Daily Journal
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