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Roster countdown #6: Kolin Hill

Our staff selected its top-15 players on the roster and for each one of them there will be a profile with basic information, videos, and expectations.

This series of articles will break down the Red Raiders roster approaching the 2017 season. Staff members selected their top-15 players currently on the roster and for each one of them there will be a profile with basic information, videos, and expectations.

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15th – Douglas Coleman (Sophomore, defensive back)

14th – Jack Anderson (Freshman, offensive lineman)

13th – D.J. Polite-Bray (Senior, defensive back)

12th – Clayton Hatfield (Junior, kicker)

11th – Octavious Morgan (Junior, defensive back)

10th – Broderick Washington (Sophomore, defensive lineman)

9th – Da’Leon Ward (Freshman, running back)

8th – Nic Shimonek (Senior, quarterback)

7th – Cameron Batson (Senior, wide receiver)

6th place

Kolin Hill

Defensive Line

Class: Junior

Height: 6’2

Weight: 245 pounds

Hometown: Schertz, Texas

Knocking on the top five’s door we find a defensive lineman, Kolin Hill. He’s the second defensive lineman on our list and he’s (spoiler) the last one. When we talked about DT Broderick Washington we recognized the defensive line is one of the team’s biggest problems, and Hill is supposed to be the best hope in his remaining two years of eligibility.

Two is better than one

Kolin’s story is particular, as he was a standout player in high school as a defensive end, and he was named District 27-4A Defensive MVP in his senior year. Obviously, his talent drew a lot of interest and offers by some of the most important programs in the nation, as Texas, Colorado, Boise State, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame.

He accepted the offer from the Fighting Irish but he immediately decided to transfer after his freshman season and joined the Red Raiders, skipping the 2015 season. He has a twin brother, Kaleb, who was a backup for Boise State in 2014 and 2015 and selected to come to Lubbock himself to again recreate the disruptive high school duo.

If we watch his high school videos we can see a devastating player, because Kolin has an impressive first step and a major acceleration, so he immediately breaks into the backfield and creates a panic. He is also athletic enough to overtake big offensive linemen. He’s also a very effective tackler, with good technique and notable ability to avoid missed tackles.

Hill is effective on the right side...

To be honest, if we consider what he did in the high school and the numbers he put up with Notre Dame with little playing time, it’s fair to say Hill’s first year with the Texas Tech uniform was disappointing.

He was expected to have a major impact on a unit that has been ineffective for a long time, but he dove into the general mediocrity without a chance to emerge above it. We can give him the benefit of the doubt, and imagine 2016 as a transition year in which Kolin began his process to know new offensive lines, new systems of play, and a new team where he’s not surrounded only by blue-chip recruits as he was in South Bend.

...and very effective on the left side

There are two questions that come to my mind when I write about Kolin Hill. Can he be the leader of this unit? And can he be an NFL-caliber pass rusher? In my opinion, the answer to both is “yes”, but the window is slowly closing. An important step forward is necessary. And it is necessary now.

AND NOW....

The roster countdown takes a little break, just a couple of days off.

Meanwhile, can you guess which is our top 5? And in which order?

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