#9 DE Demetrius Hill
Senior, 6'3", 270 lbs.
Stats in 2014: Hill had a lovely first season in a USF uniform, playing in 11 games and racking up 25 tackles, five TFL and a pair of sacks.
Spot on Fall Camp Depth Chart: Not listed, but that makes sense seeing as he missed the spring with an undisclosed personal issue. The Bulls really only have one true defensive end position in the base 4-2-5, and defensive captain Eric Lee is pretty well-established there.
How He Came to USF: Demetrius enjoyed an impressive career at Kankakee High School in Illinois, where he earned all-state honors and a few offers from mid-major FBS schools. He wound up at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, where he bulked up from 245 to 265 pounds and was an absolute handful, racking up 16.5 TFL and six sacks and getting named honorable mention All-JUCO. He picked up a much more impressive list of offers this time around, including Mississippi State, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, and Minnesota, among quite a few others. He committed to the Bulls a couple months before Signing Day and enrolled early.
Recruiting Rankings: Most pundits thought Hill was one of the best JUCO defensive ends (which, to be fair, is not quite the same as being one of the best out of high school. But still, impressive). Rivals and 247 both saw him as a mid-to-high three star prospect.
Projected Playing Time: This is a tough one. Hill rejoined the team in early August, and is working at a disadvantage-- he's essentially battling Eric Lee and Mike Love for a single spot in a new defense that he hasn't had much time to learn. He might be the most physically gifted athlete on USF's defensive line, though, and that alone will land him in a rotational role. He'll have to prove on the field that he can do more than that.
Highlights: Demetrius had a knack for jumping on fumbles last season. Here he is falling under an errant Wildcat snap against Cincinnati. He made a similar play against UCF to give the Bulls a fighting chance in the second half.