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Carolina lands top JUCO DE talent

South Carolina landed its second commitment of the 2013 class and it’s a trenchman on the defensive side of the football. Defensive end Alfy Hill (LA Valley CC/Shallotte, N.C.) joins offensive tackle D.J. Park as the second big-bodied, big-time commitment for the Gamecocks.

Defensive line coach Brad Lawing is the recruiter of record for 2013 commit Alfy Hill

Defensive line coach Brad Lawing was the recruiter of record for Hill, who chose the Gamecocks on Friday, a day after his visit to the school.

“Coach Brad and my high school coach have been friends a very long time,” Hill said. “They were the first school to offer me and I feel like that place will be great for me. I feel good about my decision. It’s close to home, it’s in the SEC, and it gives me the best chance to go play early and potentially go to the NFL.”

Hill currently tips the scales at 6-foot-5, 273 pounds and projects to play defensive end for the Gamecocks. According to the former West Brunswick (N.C.) High School product, Lawing said he will come in and replace Devin Taylor after next season.

“The depth chart they have, they need another defensive end,” Hill said.

Hill signed with Alabama out of high school but did not qualify. He enrolled at East Carolina but said he didn’t like the school and transferred to Itawamba JC in Mississippi where he spent one season. Now, he’s currently enrolled at LA Valley Community College.

“Since high school, I gained about 40 pounds of muscle and have gotten a lot stronger,” Hill said. “I’ve learned the game more. I feel like I can go out and make the plays that need to be made. My knowledge of the game has really improved.”

Hill said that he will have three years to play two at South Carolina.

On his visit to campus on Thursday, he spent much of the day with Lawing, toured the campus, and was able to take in part of practice.

“I went down there and it was a big family environment,” Hill said. “I was very comfortable talking to the players. I went around the campus and had a meeting with some of the coaches.”

Hill has not attended a game before at South Carolina, but he has watched the Gamecocks on television. One of the biggest things to jump out at him was the play of the defensive line, and the defensive ends, in particular.

“I think coach Lawing is a great person,” Hill said. “As a coach, he knows what he’s talking about. He’s putting players in the NFL, so he really knows what he’s doing. I’ve watched the defensive line the last couple of years. They’re very active and do a lot of stuff.”

Out of high school, Hill was a four-star recruit with offers from more than 20 schools. He could form a dynamic duo with Jadeveon Clowney, who will be a junior by the time Hill takes the field with the Gamecocks.

“Size, speed, quickness and agility,” Hill said. “Coach Lawing said he also likes my ability to change directions real fast. He said that I remind him a little bit of Clowney.”

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