Posted by Chip Patterson
Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill has opted to forego his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. The Yellow Jackets were not an especially prolific passing offense this season, but when Tevin Washington needed a big catch Hill was his first target. The 6-foot-5, 206 pound receiver made his decision official on Wednesday.
“This was a life decision,” said Hill in an official release from Georgia Tech. “I came to the decision after talking with my family. I’m ready to move forward and work on getting better.
“I want to thank the coaching staff for helping me get to this level. I am thankful for Georgia Tech, my professors and definitely, the fans.”
Hill ranked ninth among ACC receivers with 820 yards in 2011, doing so with only 28 receptions. His 29.3 yards per reception led all FBS players, making the most of every opportunity in head coach Paul Johnson's run-friendly offensive scheme.
“Stephen feels that he is ready for the NFL and I know that is a dream of his,” Johnson said. “I hope that he is drafted high and does well as a professional.”
Hill has not hired an agent yet, but clearly has his mind set on gaining the interest of scouts in the coming months. With his size, speed, and athleticism he could be identified as both a great deep threat and red zone specialist. CBSSports.com has Hill ranked as the sixth best wide receiver in the 2013 class, and the coming weeks will tell how he stacks up against his new competition in the 2012 class.
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