If you don’t know about Daxton Hill‘s abilities on the football field, you’re not likely to hear about them from him. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety from Tulsa, Okla., is loaded with abilities, though. The 5-star rating from the 247Sports composite and No. 27 ranking among all players in the 2019 class are testament to those skills.
Michigan will get a chance to better acquaint itself with Hill and other top prospects this weekend when it holds its annual junior day. Land of 10 has confirmed that Hill and 2020 tackle Paris Johnson Jr. of Cincinnati are expecting to make the visit to Ann Arbor to meet with coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff.
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247Sports is reporting that 4-star 2019 quarterback Paul Tyson of Trussville, Ala., is expected at junior day, as well as Chicago 4-star 2019 tight end Jahleel Billingsley and 2021 defensive end JC Latham of Waukesha, Wis.
Rivals.com reports that a 2019 commit, 5-star defensive end Christopher Hinton, and two top 2019 targets — 4-star offensive lineman Will Harrod of Fort Washington, Md., and 5-star defensive end Zach Harrison of Lewis Center, Ohio — also are on the list of players expected to attend.
Hill is an intriguing prospect who has offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama. His older brother is Oklahoma State junior running back Justice Hill, who set a school freshman record with 1,142 rushing yards in 2016 and backed it up with 1,467 yards as a sophomore. That earned him first-team All-Big 12 honors, and he also was named a first-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA.
Daxton Hill has genuine interest in Michigan, said Dwight Dobbins Jr., who along with Marcus Pugh trains Hill at Game Changers Oklahoma. Hill’s recruitment is very much open at this point.
“With him it’s different. A lot of kids will be like, ‘I got this offer from so-and-so school,’ but you wouldn’t know he’s got anything because he doesn’t talk about it. He’s really even-keeled all the way around,” Dobbins told Land of 10. “Even though he’s got the spotlight on him — people know who he is and he’s the talk of the town — he doesn’t carry himself that way. He’s a real cool kid to be around, very coachable. He’s just a regular kid.”
Dobbins played cornerback at Tulsa from 2011-14. He and Pugh have been working with Hill for the last year. Hill helped Booker T. Washington win its ninth Oklahoma state title last December.
Tight ends coach Sherrone Moore has been the lead recruiter for Hill. Moore, who was hired in January, played offensive line at Oklahoma, graduating from the school in 2008. His knowledge of the area has helped Michigan branch out its recruitment and gives the Wolverines a shot with players such as Hill.
Michigan has five players committed to the 2019 class so far: Hinton, 4-star defensive end Stephen Herron Jr., 4-star guard Nolan Rumler, 4-star tackle Trente Jones and 3-star linebacker Charles Thomas.
There could be more commitments announced following junior day.