By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Thursday, December 12, 2013 —
With offers from seven different universities, West Stanly High School football standout B.J. Hill certainly had a number of choices in continuing his education and playing football at the next level.
Having received offers from East Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill, James Madison, North Carolina A&T and Gardner-Webb, Hill decided to attend a school where he said that he felt most comfortable.
Next month, Hill will become a member of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack football program.
The choice to join the Wolfpack came, according to Hill, because being at the school felt like a home.
“Every time I have gone up there, it felt like home,” Hill said, adding that the feeling he got from being on campus reminded him of Stanly County.
Hill also said that a big reason for going is Ryan Nielsen, who is the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for N.C. State football.
The West Stanly defensive lineman said that Nielson “brings a lot of energy to the team. He gets after it like he’s out there playing, too.”
Hill missed a great deal of his junior season due to injury but said that he is “100 percent” now and that he “is ready to rock and roll in January” in terms of joining the Wolfpack program.
“I’m ready to head up (to Raleigh); I can bring a lot to the team and have a chance for playing time,” Hill said.
Hill, who gained just under 800 yards as a fullback for the Colts this season, will be strictly a defensive lineman for N.C. State, which he said that he is ready to become yet he would “miss offense a little bit.”
In his years at West Stanly, Hill said that despite the changes at head coach, two assistant coaches have been a big part of helping get him to where he is today: Eddie Barbee and Charles Edwards.
“Despite the changes, they both pushed me a lot,” Hill said.
James Johnson, Hill’s head coach at West Stanly for his senior season, talked about the way that he plays the game and what he will bring to the Wolfpack’s football program.
“B.J. plays the game with a lot of passion and brings a nice skill set which should translate well to the Atlantic Coast Conference. He should be a big asset in State’s defensive line in the coming years,” Johnson said.
Hill also said that his team grew up as fans of the UNC Tarheels but that his family has adjusted to the fact that he chose N.C. State, also crediting his family for their support through the years for being positive influences and pushing him “to do the right things.”