Michigan Football Recruiting: Khalid Hill — 2013 GBMWolverine Recruiting Class Capsule
Khalid Hill was the third commitment in the Wolverines 2013 recruiting class. Get up to date on his recruitment and learn more about the sure-handed receiver and tenacious blocker.
GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan 2013 Signed Commit Khalid Hill.
Current Position: Tight End
Future Position: Tight End
City/State: Detroit, Michigan
High School: East English Village
Head Coach: Rob Oden
Recruiter: Coach Dan Ferrigno and Coach Fred Jackson
Official Visit: 12/14/2012
Other Offers: Central Michigan
Class: 2013 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).
Follow Khalid: on Twitter
Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.
Criteria: raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.
10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.
Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.
Twenty minutes, that is exactly how long it took Khalid, a life-long Michigan fan to accept his offer to become a Wolverine. Michigan will be switching in the third year of Hoke’s coaching tenure to the style that more truly fits OC Al Borgess’ plan, and Hill will be a huge part of that. Last year maize and blue fans should have noticed the lack of tight-end play in the realm of pass catcher, and that is because Michigan lacked a player with the ability to block and catch.
Whether it was at camps, or 7-on-7 tournaments Khalid was impressive both in his ability to block, and also his ability to get separation against defenders. With the lack of true full-skill TE players at Michigan, it did not take long for him to receive blue offer. As he ended his courtship early, his only other offer was the Chippewas of CMU. Though he was nursing some minor injuries his senior year he stilled tallied scoring catches and was key to his school making it into the third round of the state championship playoffs.
“I’ve been a Michigan fan for a while. As a kid, I’d do my projects about Michigan and everything,” and in an interview with Scout he said his mom is “She’s ecstatic right now, smiling, and now she knows she’s got a favorite college and I’m going for free. She’s happy for me.”
Hill already has good weight and a frame to come in and challenge for early playing time. The current TE roster is bleak to be honest Paskorz has yet to make an impact, AJ Williams is probably going to end up at tackle, and Funchess is probably more suited to play out wide.
Thus Khalid has a real chance to come in and play early if he can add good weight simply through his ability to catch the ball. He runs excellent routes and catches the ball away from his body, if he cannot get the 25 or so pounds added to start at TE immediately we could see him playing an H-back, or even lining up as an FB passing outlet.
Khalid Hill is a multi-skilled athlete who could play many different positions at Michigan. He lacks the ideal height to be a big time threat in the red-zone, but is solidly built and moves extremely well for his size.
Versatility is strength of Khalid as he could easily line up at FB, TE, H-Back, slot in some situations, or even play on the defensive line. Khalid caught 29 passes in 2011 and recorded six touchdowns.
Khalid is also a top student, carrying a 4.0 GPA.
Khalid is a smooth and fluid athlete who catches the ball very well. On film he shows the ability to catch the ball with good hands effortlessly. Khalid is very good after the catch and is surprisingly elusive. He also shows a physical side on both sides of the ball. He is a willing blocker and a solid tackler.
And Khalid always shows good hustle and a full time motor. A big plus, besides his scholarship ability, is Khalid bleeds blue, Michigan Blue!
There is really no questioning of his physical skills, but Khalid is very raw and his fundamentals need a lot of work. He needs to work on his footwork, use of hands, and pad level and will also also need to improve his strength and overall conditioning. But keep in mind that Khalid has over a year to get better before stepping on Michigan’s campus.
GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year.
NAME reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Sim Nelson — who played Tight End.
We welcome Khalid Hill to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Steve Kleintank – SKWDCOP
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