When Slidell (La.) High School's Alex Hill scheduled an official visit to New Mexico, he didn't quite know what to expect. However, following his trip this past weekend, whatever those expectations were, it's safe to say they were exceeded.
"The trip went amazing," Hill said on Monday following the visit. "It's a beautiful city, the city of Albuquerque. I enjoyed myself. They have an awesome coaching staff and I think they're going to turn the program around."
Hill is an athletic offensive center that has garnered offers from the likes of Louisiana Tech, Missouri, SMU, Tulane and Texas A&M. His visit to New Mexico was his first official visit and it couldn't have gone much better.
"We toured around campus," he said. "We had a host. We went out with the host who showed us a good time. We talked academics and stuff with the academics staff, went to the stuffy hall, and we went through the facilities which were really nice. It was a lot better than I expected it to be."
The trip was so good in fact that New Mexico may have made a rapid move up Hill's list of favorites.
"Before the trip New Mexico was probably in my top ten," he said. "Now they're really high up there. I'll say this, it really has me thinking a lot about what to do now because it impressed me that much. I'm not going to let this go like I have in the past so a decision could be coming up soon."
Despite the strong impression that lingers from the New Mexico trip, Hill still has some more work to do before he is ready to make a decision. He recently picked up an offer from Memphis and after a holiday break, he anticipates getting back on the official visit circuit.
"I'm going to take a break for the holidays now," he said. "The first week of January I have the Emfinger All-American Game and a flight out to Duke on the 15th. Then hopefully I'll set up visits to either Arkansas, Arizona, Northern Illinois or Memphis. It'll be between those four for my last visit."
Hill made the transition to center this fall after playing offensive tackle as a junior. His continuous improvement throughout the season drew numerous colleges to Slidell for his recruitment. Now as things continue to heat up, Hill doesn't necessarily plan on waiting until signing day to make a decision.
"I could see myself committing not too long from now," he said.