Brandon Hill Flips to Alabama: What 6'6", 352lb OT Means for Tide's 2013 Class

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 26, 2012

Oct 22, 2011; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide mascot Big Al carries a flag after a touchdown against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
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Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have received yet another commitment for 2013, but this time it's courtesy of a flip.

Update: According to Hugh Kellenberger of, Ole Miss was forced to stop recruiting Brandon Hill by its compliance office. He had apparently signed a SEC financial agreement with Alabama in December. This agreement requires other schools in the conference to stop recruiting said prospect, per Kellenberger's report. --End up Update

According to Andrew Bone of, 3-star offensive tackle recruit Brandon Hill has flipped from Ole Miss to Alabama:

Brandon Hill, three-star offensive tackle from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., has flipped his commitment from Ole Miss to Alabama. Hill is set to enroll at Alabama in January. 

Hill's decision was made a few weeks ago, but he decided to keep his decision quiet until now. 

Hill originally signed with Alabama in the 2012 class. The Memphis native attended St. George's Independent School in Collierville, Tenn., after transferring from Manassas High School. He was forced to sit out his junior season due to the transfer. He was a standout his senior season. 

Overall, Hill is a very big commitment for Alabama, both literally and figuratively. Literally, he's a very big offensive tackle prospect, so he'll fit 'Bama's offensive line perfectly.

Hill is 6'6'', 352 pounds (, so he's more than big enough to fit right into Alabama's scheme (It's worth noting that Bone's report cited a source that stated Hill is a "tad more than 400-pounds" right now. If true, that number should drop though). He'll be big enough to be a major factor in the run game, and that's a huge plus considering the Crimson Tide's heavy reliance on the run. 

He's ranked as the No. 1 prep school offensive tackle in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, so that goes to show you just how talented a player he is. 

In fact, Tim Watts of tweeted that he thinks Hill can be an NFL player one day:

UA OL commitment Brandon Hill might be the most under-appreciated player in his class. Has a chance to be NFL guy. #Bama

— Tim Watts (@TimWatts_BOL) December 26, 2012

Perhaps the most important factor in this commitment is that Hill joins a recruiting class that now has five offensive lineman committed in total. He'll be joining the likes of 4-star offensive tackles Bradley Bozeman and Grant Hill, 3-star center Cole Mazza and 3-star tackle Leon Brown.

In pure Saban fashion, Alabama is restocking the depth chart with extremely talented players, and there's a good chance these recruits will end up being the next wave of great offensive linemen for the Crimson Tide.

Bozeman is 6'5'', 315 pounds and both Brown and Grant Hill check in at 6'6'', 315 pounds, but they'll look small compared to 'Bama's newest commitment. At 6'6'', 352 pounds he has the size to be an elite offensive tackle in the SEC. 

The bar is being set very high for Hill, but at Alabama, that should be expected.

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