5-star safety Daxton Hill flips to Michigan at last second

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 1:27am

The Michigan football team landed a commitment from five-star safety Daxton Hill on Wednesday.

The Michigan football team landed a commitment from five-star safety Daxton Hill on Wednesday. Buy this photo
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Daxton Hill, a five-star safety from Tulsa, Okla., officially committed to Michigan on Wednesday.

The announcement comes after a long, strange recruiting process for Hill which originally saw him commit to the Wolverines in September before suddenly flipping to Alabama earlier this month.

After that, rumors still swirled until Wednesday that Hill could eventually end up back with Michigan.

Those rumors were confirmed when the team’s Twitter accuont announced that Hill signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Wolverines.

The final flip to Ann Arbor is one of the biggest recruiting wins for coach Jim Harbaugh in his four-year tenure, considering the competition for Hill and his supreme talent.

He is the No. 8 player in the class of 2019, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. Hill stands at 6-foot, 186 pounds, and his 4.3-second 40-yard dash makes him perhaps the fastest player in his entire recruiting class.

Safety was a position of need for the Wolverines, too. Senior Tyree Kinnel will be gone next season, and though junior Josh Metellus was a solid performer in 2018, some of the other safeties proved inconsistent. Hill could help smooth any transition after Kinnel’s departure, as he is thought to be a player who can contribute in his freshman year.

Michigan now has three safeties in this recruiting class, with three-star prospects Quinten Johnson and Joey Velazquez joining Hill.

Still, there is no doubt that Hill is the most important get for the Wolverines. And at the end of a convoluted, twisting journey, they got him.