SEC crimes continue to rely on their backs despite rising numbers. The modern running back looks different than it did twenty years ago, but sometimes prospects can blend the two styles together.
Running back Daniel Hill is one of those players. He lives in Meridian, Mississippi, tucked away in the southeast. Several high major programs are after his services as Hill has quickly become one of the top recruits in America.
He is considering the Gamecocks and winning him over could be a huge win for this coaching staff. Hill is a potential feature back with a lot of upside potential, so it’s easy to see why so many are shouting about his abilities.
Rare running style
Hill is an impressive 6-1 and 225 lbs. frame as a high school junior. His lower body is heavily muscled, resulting in an explosive running style that few have.
The best defenders balance and seek contact as soon as they touch the football. They can attack holes with confidence, knowing that first contact is unlikely to trip them.
When he gets the football, Hill runs like a madman. He moves in tight, focused strides that eat up the turf. Defenders bounce off him like bowling pins, appearing as obstacles instead of tacklers.
While his top speed doesn’t always look impressive, Hill can put his foot on the grass and get some serious steam. He intervenes in blocks and knows when to hit a home run swing.
He dips his hips at the point of impact and drives through his front foot, creating a forward momentum that propels him forward. Hill’s powerful strides let him take out fast defenders chasing him and make them look slow.
While Hill may not be a consistent home run hitter, he can undoubtedly hit a decent collegiate-level top speed. He’s already moving fast at 225 lbs. Once he enters a collegiate weight room, there may not be a significant drop in mobility.
No, that doesn’t suggest Hill can catch a few screen passes from the backfield. He can legitimately line up in the formation and create a separation against defenders.
Hill does an excellent job of chasing the ball from the air, which natural receivers take years to develop. He sees the ball through his hands and leans into his lane to make room.
He also has a sudden outburst in space that causes him to tilt his hips faster than the average running back. College coaches might be interested in getting him 25 catches a year as Hill can do some damage once caught.
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