November 10, 2008

Hill enjoys visit

On Saturday, junior Marquise Hill and his cousin Ronnie Wingo Jr. braved the cold weather to make it to senior night at Mizzou. Hill received some good news on the trip.

"I just talked to coach Ford and he said an offer should be coming out real soon," Hill said. "He said he was going to sit down with the rest of the coaching staff and get it out real soon."

Along with Wingo, Hill made the trip to Columbia with current Tiger commit, Jack Meiners. According to Hill, there was a fair share of talk about what it would mean for Wingo to commit to Missouri.

"I rode up there with Jack and Ronnie," Hill said. "He (Jack) was telling me to get Ronnie to commit, and then it would be my turn next. It was really focused on Ronnie and trying to get him to make a decision. We talked about how Mizzou is and that it is close to home."

Hill said that he was also getting a lot of interest from Nebraska and Wisconsin, but he is looking to stay closer to home. Even though he is yet to receive an offer from Mizzou, Hill is already trying to recruit others. When asked if he was trying to encourage Wingo to commit along with Meiners, Hill responded, "Oh yeah, big time."

"This is our second time going down there," he said. "The first time we went, Ronnie really did not think that Mizzou ran the ball a lot. Yesterday, though, he saw that the running back got a lot of chances to do things.

"Really that is his only reason right now for holding out and not committing. It is really because he is trying to find a school where he is going to get a chance to make plays. If you look over the last few years, the Mizzou running backs have had over 1000 yards."

Although the weather was tough to deal with, Hill said he saw quite a few positives out of the current Tiger squad, especially on defense.

"I feel like it was a good game watching Mizzou blow them out," he said. "If it was a boring game, it would have been pretty hard to watch. I did not think Missouri's defense was that good. They showed a lot and Weatherspoon was really good. I don't know if it's because it was senior night because they normally have shootouts. I think it was a better game for their defense."

Hill also enjoyed the opportunity of seeing the future of Mizzou behind center and possibly his future quarterback.

"I love it man," Hill said. "It would be a dream come true to play with a pro-style quarterback (Gabbert). I saw him last year up in Texas when he played in the All-American game. I think he is going to be something special at Mizzou."

While he was in the stands trying to stay warm with close to 70,000 of Mizzou's faithful, Hill also found himself daydreaming about the future.

"It was exciting," he said. "I mean it makes you think about playing in front of all those people one day."

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