Having quality depth, especially along the offensive line, is a must in football. If one guy goes down it can totally change the offensive line and by extension the offense.
Heading into the 2020 season, LSU literally has no proven depth amongst its backup offensive linemen. If something happens to Dare Rosenthal or Ed Ingram we could very easily see someone like Xavier Hill.
Xavier Hill is one of those players who, despite being a three-star recruit, had an extensive list of offers from powerhouse programs. In addition to LSU, schools like Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M and Tennessee all offered Hill, who was ranked No. 483 in 247’s composite rankings.
Hill actually committed to Alabama the summer of 2019. He took his official visit to Tuscaloosa in June of 2019, and committed four days later. But offensive line coach James Cregg stayed on Hill, and Hill visited campus unofficially about a month after committing to Alabama.
Whatever Hill saw in Baton Rouge must have really resonated with him because he decommitted from Alabama in October and committed to LSU just ahead of the Texas A&M game. While LSU had Hill’s commitment, it was the Mississippi State Bulldogs who got the coveted last official visit and the Tigers had to hold their breath that Hill wouldn’t decommit from his second SEC school. But Hill elected to spurn the home state Bulldogs and stuck with his commitment to LSU, signed his letter of intent in December and enrolled in June.
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247 Composite Ranking: ***
247 Composite Rating: .8796
If there’s film out there I can’t find it so...that’s awkward.
Hill’s future is hard to predict. His 247 profile is sparse and like I said there’s a lack of film out there. What I know is this: Alabama not only wanted him, they had him in its 2020 recruiting class. That tells me Hill can play and we may see him in 2020 as a potential injury replacement.
High End: Sees meaningful snaps as a freshman, uses that early seasoning to springboard into a quality starter in 2021
Low End: Sticks in the two-deep but is only a depth guy.
Realistic: Maybe I’m overly optimistic, but something about Hill makes me think he could be the diamond in the rough for this year’s class. I keep going back to his list of schools he got offers from and it’s far more impressive than you’d expect a three-star player to get. I think Hill gets the first crack at replacing Ed Ingram at left guard whenever Ingram departs.