FSU commit Rodney Hill talks spring game, #Tribe22

All but one of Florida State’s eight commitments in #Tribe22 were able to make it to the annual spring game earlier this month. One of the newest members of the class, running back Rodney Hill, recently caught up with NoleGameday to discuss what he saw from the Seminoles and his experience in Tallahassee.

Hill announced his commitment to FSU at the Unconquered Statue prior to the game which was something he had been planning in the days leading up to him going public.

“It was amazing, it was really crazy,” Hill said. “Nicco [Marchiol] knew I was going to be committing at the time and I told Travis [Hunter], he was like ‘we need to go ahead and drop it, go ahead and drop it.’ We wanted to drop it early, it felt like it was time but we just waited. When that time came, it was crazy just being out there with them. We were all getting to know one another, they all are pretty cool, I like them.”

While on campus, Hill and the other commits spoke to uncommitted prospects such as quarterback AJ Duffy, running back Damari Alston, offensive lineman Qae’shon Sapp, and defensive back Tony Mitchell. He also got a lot of love from the thousands of fans in attendance.

“The energy was crazy,” Hill said. “The fan love is just crazy. I was taking pictures with people, little kids, I loved it.”

The Georgia native has begun to build a solid relationship with recruiting guru Ryan Bartow since picking up an offer from the ‘Noles in March. The two were even snap-chatting one other during the game. He was impressed by the energy that head coach Mike Norvell and running backs coach David Johnson showed in a game-like scenario.

“Coach Bartow, he recruited me heavily,” Hill said. “He was sending me snapchats while they were down there on the sideline. He was trying to find me, I found him, we were just recording each other, sending it back and forth.”

“I liked how Coach Norvell was, he kept everyone in line,” Hill continued. “There’s a picture of him getting on Tate [Rodemaker], you could see him getting frustrated. Coach YAC, he called me after the game, he was asking how I liked it and glad that I was able to get out there and see how it really is. I love the energy from the coaches, it was great.”

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During the action, Hill paid close attention to the offense and in particular, the running backs. He liked how the unit works within the offense in multiple ways and had high praise for true freshman wide receiver Malik McClain.

“They [the running backs] looked very good out there,” Hill said. “It’s crazy that I’ll be out there doing what they are pretty soon. I just like the offense that coach Norvell is putting in with the running backs going out wide, they don’t just jam it up the middle every time.”

“The rest of the offense was crazy,” Hill continued. “We have some good freshman receivers, Malik McClain, he is a freak. He’s going to be a good one, he’s a freak.”

The Bulloch Academy product noticed the number of young players getting snaps throughout the spring game. He plans to work hard to set himself up for the same opportunity once he’s officially a Seminole in December.

“It makes me feel better,” Hill said. “I’m actually going to be able to play some. They went in there and worked hard, got their stuff done, then got that time. Coach Norvell, he’s playing everyone that’s making plays. You work hard and you’re going to get in. I like that, I’m going to go in December, get used to it, get acclimated, and hopefully, I can be one of those guys that get in early.”

After everything wrapped up, Hill had to head back home. He’s thinking about attending one of the camps in June but it’ll depend on his football schedule. In the meantime, Hill is going to continue working hard on the recruiting trail to build #Tribe22 into the best class possible.

“We’ll have some interesting pieces,” Hill said. “We’ve got some stuff coming in, that’s all I’m going to say. We’re working, we’re recruiting, we’re trying to get the best 2022 class we can. We’re rebuilding that’s what we’re doing.”

The 6-foot, 186-pound running back is currently ranked as the No. 493 overall prospect, the No. 45 ATH, and the No. 46 player in the state of Georgia in the 2022 class.

Stick with NoleGameday for the latest on Hill’s commitment to Florida State and his upcoming summer.

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