Like most high school football standouts at this time of year, Anders Hill had grown eager to find a new home.
He has found it in New York City.
Just two days after completing an official visit to Columbia University, Fairview’s big-armed quarterback announced his verbal commitment to the Lions program.
“The recruiting process has been pretty crazy,” Hill said. “Going into the weekend, I didn’t really know what to expect. I think it’s going to be a good fit for me though. The run the kind of offense that fits me, a pro set where they throw the ball a lot. It’s obviously a great school, and it’s in Manhattan so it’s a great place to be.”
After missing about half of his 2012 junior season due to a fractured ankle, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Hill had much riding on his senior season, and he delivered in a big way.
Hill directed coach Tom McCartney’s wide-open attack expertly while leading the Knights to the 2013 Class 5A state title game, completing 66.4 percent of his passes and throwing for 3,878 yards — the fourth-best single-season total in state history. Hill also threw only 10 interceptions in 426 attempts, which likely is an appealing statistic for a Columbia team that used three different starting quarterbacks who threw a combined 14 interceptions in 364 attempts last season.
Hill said he also drew interest from two other Ivy League schools, Yale and Cornell, while also speaking with coaches from CU and Vanderbilt. At this stage, however, Hill was more than ready to end the waiting game and start planning for his future.
Like Fairview teammate Sam Martin, Hill at times found the entire recruiting process to be an exercise in frustration, yet he remains perfectly content with how it all played out.
“I definitely feel like it was frustrating at times,” Hill said. “I don’t want to sound arrogant, but both me and Sam believe we can play at the highest level. I thought he and I would get more looks, but I can’t complain about going to the Ivy League. I’m excited with how it all worked out.”
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