Texas football recruit ready to visit Boise State

Texas football recruit ready to visit Boise State

Kaleb and Kolin Hill (L-R)


by Jay Tust and KTVB.COM

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Posted on January 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 12:49 PM

BOISE -- Samuel Clemens High School (Schertz, TX) defensive end Kaleb Hill has been patiently standing by for this opportunity.

"I've been waiting to get this visit," the talented Texan expressed to KTVB sports director Jay Tust on Wednesday night. "I just really wanted to check out Boise before committing anywhere else."

Hill currently holds offers from Colorado, Nevada and UT-San Antonio along with Boise State.

The only official visit he has taken so far is to Boulder, Colo.

But this weekend, Hill will finally get the chance to check out what he hopes will be his future home.

"Right now, Boise State is my No. 1."

Coaching change and the waiting game

The Broncos originally offered Hill a scholarship back around October. However, when former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen left for the University of Washington, it complicated the process.

After Petersen's departure, it took approximately two to three weeks before the new staff decided to honor Hill's previous scholarship offer, one he was still eager to consider.

"It didn't change my opinion," Hill said regarding the coaching change at Boise State. "Especially after all the new additions they brought in.”

"I think it's a great change."

Double vision and a unique background

Hill has lined up alongside his twin brother, Kolin, ever since the third grade.

"We're really close on the field," Kaleb said.

Fittingly, the twins played similar roles at Samuel Clemens High this past fall. Kolin lined up at left end with Kaleb setting the edge off the right side.

"I’d make a play and then the next play he'd make it, or vice versa."

Kolin also holds an offer from Boise State, however, he has already verbally committed to play football at the University of Notre Dame next year.

While Kaleb also spoke with the Fighting Irish about his future, he was never offered a scholarship by them.

Therefore, in order to pursue their collegiate dreams, Kaleb and Kolin will head their separate ways.

"I think we're ready for that," Kaleb said. "We know what we have to do."

Kaleb's a STUD

Boise State offensive line coach Scott Huff has been running point on Hill's recruitment ever since the beginning.

"Coach Huff came by the school last year and he was looking at me and my brother," Hill recalled. "This year he came back mid-season, we talked for a little bit, and that very following week he offered."

Listed at 6-foot-2, 216-pounds, Hill detailed that he is being recruited as a hybrid linebacker, a position they call "STUD" at Boise State.

"(Coach Huff) talked about what I can do to help the team and what they see me doing," Hill said.

"I'm a pass rusher," Hill continued, before adding in high school "they had some sets for us where we go out in (pass) coverage."

Home sweet home

The one thing besides football that stands out to Hill has been the academic success of the Boise State football team.

"I like their graduation rate," said Hill, who carries around a 3.5 GPA and plans to major in business management. "They're going to be on top of everything when it comes to academics.”

Other than that, when Hill visits Boise this weekend, he’s just looking to fit in and find an environment he can thrive in over the next four-to-five years.

"Really, I just want to feel at home and go to a place where I feel comfortable and be successful."

As Hill mentioned, Boise State is in the lead. Soon we'll find out if they can stay there.