The Nebraska football secondary room has generated a lot of buzz. The cornerback room in particular got a huge makeover this offseason, and the room itself features some names that can make an impact right away.
One of those names is Tommi Hill. He was a guy that I was excited for Nebraska to land. I was really disappointed that they didn’t land him during his initial recruiting process. Now, he is in the fold.
He is an immediate impact player, and he should be able to make an impact in the secondary right away. When you talk about the amount of upperclassman Nebraska football lost to graduation, impact players will be needed for the secondary. Hill sounds like one of them. He has quick instincts and physicality. His coverage skills are also something that is going to help Nebraska right away. With the amount of playmaking wide receivers in the conference, productive corners are a must.
Instincts and physicality are two aspects of his game that have been evident ever since his high school days at Edgewater. That type of aggressiveness will suit him well, especially in a Big Ten secondary. He is the type of playmaker Nebraska football needs, as they look to break the losing trend of the last couple of seasons.
As far as his coach Travis Fisher is concerned, Hill will be able to translate those skills to the next level. Obviously, time will tell how his football career plays out. However, that is high praise from a coach like Fisher, one who is strict and expects the most out of his players.
“Tommi Hill is a freak. There’s not much the kid can’t do at the position. He’s going to be an NFL player if he doesn’t mess it up. It’s one thing to say those type of things about kids before they actually put the work in, but just the potential I see in him with his movement skills, he’s just got to put the total package together to be that guy.”
It sounds as though Fisher is seeing a lot of the same things that many of us are seeing. Anytime a NFL-level trajectory player comes to a program, the chances for that program’s success are high. Quite frankly, success needs to happen for this Nebraska group, and that starts with solid defensive play.