Four-star CB Lavert Hill picks Michigan over Michigan State, Penn State
The B1G battle for Lavert Hill is over.
Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State were all after the U.S. Army National Defensive Player of the Year. Once a Penn State commit, all three pushed hard for the versatile Detroit cornerback.
This battle went to Jim Harbaugh.
Hill announced on National Signing Day that he’ll be attending Michigan, adding to what is already a loaded 2016 class.
Hill’s commitment marks a major victory for the Wolverines. The 12th-ranked cornerback in the 2016 class, Hill is rated as the No. 135 player overall. He had been a major target for all three B1G East schools after he opened up his recruitment in November.
The 5-11, 172-pound prospect had connections to B1G schools across the board. Hill’s brother, Delano Hill, was already a safety at Michigan and his high school teammate, Donnie Corley, was Michigan State’s top-rated 2016 recruit.
Like Corley, Hill could also be a candidate to play on both sides of the ball, which he did throughout high school as a cornerback and receiver for a state champion squad.
Hill’s recruitment became a minor controversy when he was introduced at a Penn State hockey game while on an official visit. Questions surfaced about whether or not it was an NCAA violation, but PSU quickly confirmed that the event was cleared by compliance.
Still, Hill will be taking his talents elsewhere.
He became Michigan’s second four-star 2016 cornerback, joining David Long, who announced his commitment in January. Long is the third-highest rated recruit in Michigan’s 2016 class.
This could be the start of a monumental day for the Wolverines. The big announcement will be at 1 p.m. on SportsCenter when consensus No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary picks between Michigan and Clemson.