Freddie Roach might be new to the Ole Miss staff, but he isn’t new to this whole recruiting thing. He has proven that and then some in his first five months on the staff after he received ANOTHER signature from a defensive lineman.
Ka’darian Hill, a three-star defensive tackle from Eufaula, Ala., verbally committed to Ole Miss this summer and is now part of the #MississippiMade crew now that he’s signed and faxed in his letter of intent. The big fella from the Yellowhammer State is Roach’s fourth commitment in the 2018 class.
The latest to join the Rush Men officially is currently rated the No. 83 defensive tackle by 247Sports and the No. 37 player in Alabama. K.D. chose the Rebs over offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Memphis, Southern Miss, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
The 6’1, 263-pounder collected 52 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble as a junior for Eufaula High School.
How does he fit in?
The young man some call “K.D.” is a stout specimen that, despite not having ideal height for his position, gets ample push at the initial point of attack and can shed blocks with a quick swim or swipe. The height will keep him on the interior but it’s not for lack of effort. He takes impressive pursuit angles for a big fella and can get downfield and track down ball carriers.
Hill looks to have a relentless attitude and a reckless style of play that reminds me of former Rebel nose tackle and All-SEC performer Isaac Gross. Both have their limitations in height, but zero when it comes to getting after someone and disrupting plays between the tackles. With some refined technique and a year to grow on the high school level, Hill could very well grow an inch or two, but he will more than likely play on the interior for Roach and will be a fun one to watch in the coming years.
The Rebels lose Benito Jones, Garrald McDowell and Breeland Speaks in the coming years so Hill will have an outstanding opportunity to snag a starting role once he arrives in Oxford and they depart.