Michigan lands highest-rated recruit since 2016, as 5-star safety Daxton Hill commits

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 8:24pm

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh landed 5-star safety Daxton Hill for the class of 2019 on Tuesday.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh landed 5-star safety Daxton Hill for the class of 2019 on Tuesday. Buy this photo
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5-star safety Daxton Hill, the No. 12 player in the class of 2019, according to 247Sports, announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he is committing to Michigan.

The Tulsa, Okla., product is the second 5-star player the Wolverines have added to their recruiting class, joining defensive end Chris Hinton. Hill, with a 247Sports ranking of .9946, is the highest-rated recruit Michigan has pulled in since junior defensive end Rashan Gary committed in 2016.

Hill stands at 6-foot, 186 pounds and possesses top-of-the-line speed, as he recorded a 4.3-second 40-yard dash. He finished last season, his junior year, at Booker T. Washington High School, with 71 tackles, five interceptions and four touchdowns. 

“I thank all the universities for recruiting me and taking time to invest in me,” Hill said in his tweet. “With that being said, I will be committing to The University of Michigan!!”

The commitment comes mere days after Hill’s visit to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines’ win over SMU. It is a big recruiting win for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff, since Alabama was a favorite to land Hill’s services.

The Wolverines now have three safeties in their 2019 class, as Hill joins 3-star prospects Quinten Johnson and Joey Velazquez, though Hill is, obviously, the crown jewel of that group.

Michigan now has 23 players committed for 2019, and Tuesday’s news alone moves the class from No. 11 to No. 7 nationally, according to 247Sports.