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Steel Valley, All-Conference Duquesne Star LB Todd Hill Commits to Pitt
A torn pectoral made Todd Hill’s transfer portal entrance in March a bit risky, but he didn’t have to wait long to hear from Pat Narduzzi and Pitt.
Hill — a 5-foot-10, 240-pound all-conference linebacker at Duquense, who played his high school ball at Steel Valley High in Munhall — officially committed to Pitt Thursday, and it’s going to be full-ride. Once he works back from his pec injury.
“I’m basically working to get the scholarship because I had a little thing happen with my pec, so in the summer, I’ll be practicing and everything and then in August, I’ll be on scholarship,” Hill told PSN.
But Hill, who was an All-NEC linebacker last season, is excited to get the chance that he’s always wanted.
“It means a lot to me personally because this is what I always wanted to do, just try to prove and show I can play with the best,” Hill said. “This means a lot to me, I really can’t explain how much it means, I just want to show how much it means on the field.”
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Hill was a first-team All-NEC selection in 2022, racking up 61 tackles (43 solo), 22 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 11 games.
In a game against Florida State, he racked up two tackles (two solo), a tackle for loss and a sack. Against Hawaii, he recorded five tackles (three solo), two tackles for loss and two sacks. And he did most of his work with a torn pectoral.
“I basically played my whole season with a torn pec, and I didn’t know,” Hill said. “So, going into the portal, I bet on myself because I had a great season so Pitt gave me an opportunity and I couldn’t just not take the opportunity. So, I had to just go there.”
Pitt jumped into the equation early, invited him out to the facility and told him that he had an opportunity to rehab and truly earn that scholarship opportunity. So, while he’s been working out with Pitt since the beginning of the week, he’s been coming down to the facility since April.
It’s rehab, PT and training until he can fully get back into the swing of things as a scholarship linebacker in August.
And after five seasons at Duquense, recording 144 tackles (88 solo), 34 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup, it’s still kind of surreal that he’s actually going to play at Pitt.
If you told him five years ago that he’d be a linebacker at Pitt?
“I really wouldn’t believe it, just after last season, everything changed a lot,” Hill said. “Even how I was approaching stuff, I never knew this was gonna happen, so I’m at the point where I just wanna do what I can to put myself in the right opportunity to make plays and be a guy on that team. All I’m trying to do is just go there and do what I can do and perform. And show that I’m one of the top guys around.”
Hill’s fit in the defense at this point is up in the air because while he’s 240 pounds, he’s played a bit of defensive end and linebacker at Duquense. At Pitt, it would be outside linebacker — the same role where he racked up 11.5 sacks last season.
Hill is a welcomed, veteran addition to the linebacking corps, who has ties with quite a few WPIAL guys across the defense, and he expects to be ready to go in full by August.
With Shayne Simon, Bangally Kamara, Solomon DeShields, Braylan Lovelace, Brandon George and Nick Lapi in place, he adds an intriguing versatility.