January 27, 2009

Hill makes up mind

The last 48 hours have been very hectic over at Miller Grove after Georgia coaches let wide receiver Stephen Hill know that they had an offer for him to consider.

Monday morning, Georgia Tech coaches came in and let the 6-foot-4, 190-pound wideout know how much he means to their program. After they were done, the Georgia coaches made one final pitch for Hill's services. The meeting lasted three hours, and Hill went home to discuss it with his family.

His head coach, Jasper Jewell, gave UGASports word of his decision Tuesday morning.

"He is going to stay on Georgia Tech," Jewell said. "It has been a strenuous couple of days, but Hill has shown class and dignity throughout the process."

The 3-star athlete, the 69th-best player in the state according to Rivals.com, had been looking for an offer earlier in the year from the Bulldogs, but it never materialized. Georgia Tech made it known they liked him enough to offer first.

"Hill was appreciative and humbled by Georgia," Jewell said. "But he knew he had already forged a strong relationship with Georgia Tech, both academically and on the football field."

He also liked the proximity to his home and friends.

"He wants to stay in Atlanta, and play in front of his family," Jewell said of Hill.

When the talented Hill came to school Tuesday, he was ready to make his decision known.

"He told me first thing this morning, and we immediately got on the phones," Jewell said. "We called Coach (Paul) Johnson first, then Coach (Tony) Ball and Coach (Rodney) Garner. The Georgia coaches understood and wished him good luck with everything."

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