In a class focused on line play and defense, Tulane has a chance to make a splash at the skill position.
By bringing in running back Deon Hill for a visit last weekend, the Green Wave gave itself a shot at a hard-driving, balanced, and complete tailback. A piece which could perfectly complement the skill-heavy 2009 class in the backfield.
Known for his toughness and quick first step, Hill provides Tulane with a target who could change the complexion of the 2010 signing class by adding speed and reliable offense to a group noted for its size and physicality.
"I really like to use my vision," Hill said. "I like to get to use my athleticism and that will come in when I get my chances. I prefer to run between the tackles though."
After rushing for 1,587 yards and 18 touchdowns on 244 carries as a senior in Phoenix City, Ala. the 6-foot, 205 pound back proved himself more than worthy of intense college interest.
Along with Tulane, Hill has offers from Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky and Utah State. He will likely take a visit to either Georgia Tech or Western Kentucky next weekend and conclude his search the following week.
He recognizes there is a time crunch, with classes filling up fast and he's prepared to make a decision at anytime in the near future.
"I want to get my visits in, at least as many as I can before signing day," Hill said. "I think that will let me know about the best decision I can make. But I know I can't just wait as long as I want. At some point I may have to make the call to go to the place I want to."
This past weekend, he took in the full experience Tulane has to offer, as an official visitor of the Green Wave. Between a tour of the classrooms and the rundown of the football offerings, Hill left New Orleans pleased with what he experienced.
"They have some pretty nice facilities and it seems like I would fit in with what they do pretty well," Hill said. "It seemed like a good atmosphere to play in.
"I got a chance to meet up with the players and talk with the coaches and there was a lot to like about what Tulane has to offer. I really got along with the guys well."
While Hill said he is choosing a school based on academics first, he is also paying close attention to offensive scheme, the personality of the coaching staff and getting a "feeling of home".
All things he liked about Tulane.
"They have a good shot," Hill said. "I still haven't seen any other schools really, but I think no matter what Tulane is going to be really high up on my board."