Lavert Hill: ‘Pretty even’ race between MSU, UM, PSU

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Lavert Hill

One of Michigan State’s top remaining targets for the 2016 class was on campus last weekend, and from all indications, the visit went well.

Detroit King defensive back Lavert Hill told Josh Newkirk of he got a chance to talk with plenty of the Spartans coaches and players, including good friend Donnie Corley, a high school teammate of Hill’s and an early enrollee for Michigan State.

“It was a pretty good visit,” Hill said. “Just getting to talking to the coaches and some of the players, talking to Donnie. And my mom, she liked it pretty good. So it was a good visit overall.”

Hill is a four-star and ranked the No. 7 cornerback in the nation, according to He also spent time with co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett.

“Coach Barnett, I had a talk with him (for) a pretty good time,” Hill said. “Just kicking it with him about their defense and stuff was pretty good.”

Hill said he has narrowed his list of schools to Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State and said it’s an equal race, at this point.

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He has plenty of friends at Michigan State, but there’s a solid connection with Michigan, as well. His brother, Delano Hill, currently plays for the Wolverines and Hill is close with defensive back Jourdan Lewis.

After Hill’s visit at Michigan State, he and his mother went to Ann Arbor where they watched and NFL playoff game with coach Jim Harbaugh, Lewis and Delano Hill. Top recruit Rashan Gary was also there as Hill took advice from his brother and Lewis.

“They just told me it’s the best, whatever fits me,” Hill said. “But they would like if I went to Michigan.”

Hill plans to announce which school he’ll attend on Wednesday – National Signing Day.

“It’s pretty even right now,” he said. “When I wake up it’s wherever I decide to go.”