Blue and Gold Illustrated

February 2014 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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247Sports ranks Hill as a three-star prospect, the No. 27 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 67 recruit in Texas. PHOTO COURTESY 247SPORTS Another Texan Is On Board At Notre Dame BY TOM LOY There are currently seven players from the state of Texas on Notre Dame's roster. Junior running back Cam McDaniel, fifth-year senior kicker COMMITMENT PROFILE KOLIN HILL Nick Tausch, sophomore safety Nicky Baratti, junior cornerback Jalen Brown, freshman tight end Durham Smythe, and freshmen wide receivers Corey Robinson and Torii Hunter Jr. all hail from the Lone Star State. Two more Texas natives, Dallas cornerback Nick Watkins and The Colony linebacker Grant Blankenship, are committed to Notre Dame in the 2014 class, and the Irish just added commitment No. 3 from the state in Schertz (Texas) Samuel Clemens linebacker Kolin Hill. Following his official visit to South Bend Dec. 15, Hill decided to end his recruitment and choose Notre Dame over Boise State, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech. "I was on the plane ride home, and I just decided it was the best place for me," Hill said. "I was up all night, and I was just thinking that Notre Dame is where I want to go. This is a 40-year decision for me, and it's perfect for me. "The visit was a great. I saw a lot of

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