Hunter Hill picks Utah State over USC football on Signing Day 2019

Three-star offensive tackle Hunter Hill announced his commitment to sign with Utah State on Signing Day 2019, picking the Aggies over USC football.

USC football hoped to go into Utah and grab a late commitment from three-star offensive tackle Hunter Hill, but their efforts fell short in the end.

Hill announced his decision to sign with Utah State on Wednesday, picking the Aggies over the Trojans and Washington State.

USC seemed to hold the edge in Hill’s recruitment with an advantage in 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions as late as Tuesday, after an official visit over the weekend. However, on Tuesday night, the tide shifted and predictions poured in for Utah State.

The hometown team ultimately won Hill’s signature as he hails from Orem, Utah.

Hill ranks No. 1,140 in the 247Sports composite, good for eight in Utah. As an offensive tackle, the 6-foot-6, 275-pounder ranks 91st.

The Trojans have added three offensive line recruits in the class, headlined by four-star tackle Jason Rodriguez and supplemented by three-star guards Gino Quinones and Tilini Livai. However, they struck out on a number of targets, including Hill.

Four-star Narbonne tackle Janah Tauanu’u ended up at Oregon, four-star guard Sean Ryan landed at UCLA and four-star Hawaii prospect Enokk Vimahi committed to Ohio State on Signing Day.

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Hill is not at the level of those prospects, but he still would have filled a need for the Trojans. Whiffing on him is a disappointment in light of all the other misses.

With Chuma Edoga graduated and Clayton Bradley and Bernard Schirmer holding limited eligibility going forward, USC will have to put extra emphasis on the tackle position in the next recruiting cycle, given the small numbers in this class.