Michigan just had the deepest NFL draft class in program history. Now, we’re looking back on how each of its 11 draftees ended up playing for the Wolverines.
Delano Hill was another one of Detroit Cass Tech’s stars out of high school, then went on to a successful playing career with Michigan.
It’s a career that almost never happened, though.
Press the rewind button, and let’s take a look back at the recruitment of Delano Hill.
From Detroit to … Iowa?
Hill’s recruitment wasn’t the most high-profile. He was the nation’s No. 299 overall prospect in the Class of 2013, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
He received six offers; the first came from Syracuse at the end of his junior school year. The others were from, in order: Illinois, Cincinnati, Iowa, Pitt and, eventually, Michigan.
He verbally committed to the Hawkeyes in April 2012.
Michigan finally offers in-state player Delano Hill
On Dec. 12, 2012, the Wolverines offered the 4-star safety. Hill was a high school teammate of 4-star CB Jourdan Lewis, who had been committed to Michigan for more than a year. Did Lewis help the two make a connection?
Once he had the long-awaited offer, Hill visited Michigan two days later. And it didn’t take much longer after that for Hill to make his final decision.
The day after his visit and three days after his offer, Hill committed to the in-state Wolverines, joining forces with his teammate Lewis.
Hill signed his letter of intent on Feb. 6, and officially became a member of the Wolverines. And it worked out for him, to say the least.
Delano Hill has stellar senior season, is drafted by Seahawks
A career at Michigan always has some pull in the draft, as the Wolverines have had a player drafted every year since 1939.
Hill’s career didn’t stand out over those of Lewis, Jabrill Peppers or Chris Wormley. But his senior season, and his Michigan career, led to a great shot at the NFL.
The Detroit native started 26 times at safety. He recorded 119 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 3 interceptions, and 8 pass breakups during his years in Ann Arbor.
A senior season that landed him on the All-Big Ten second team led to being selected in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 30, 2017
He nearly played for the Hawkeyes, and then after the last-minute offer, he became a key part of the Wolverines.
Sometimes, decommitting from one school to commit to another works out.