When local players decide to play for their hometown team, everybody wins. Ziyon Hill had a lot of choices, but he followed his heart to the Ragin' Cajuns.

Hill is a stud. At 6'2" and 275 lbs, he has the perfect build to make an impact at the collegiate level. He was a multiple year starter at the varsity level for Catholic High-New Iberia, and he had a lot of interest from Division-I programs. Tulane, Army, ULM and others tried to lure him out of the Acadiana area, but the Ragin' Cajuns reeled him in.

After an incredible senior season, Hill announced his intentions on Twitter, stating, "After sitting down and discussing it with my family, I have decided to verbally commit to the University of Louisiana!!!!! #RaginCajuns."

Now, Hill gets to play football in front of his friends and family, and Louisiana's vermilion and white isn't too far from his red and white colors from Catholic High either. It's a match made in heaven, and Cajun fans are going to love his skill set.

Not only is Hill a brute in the trenches, he uses his hands and clean footwork well to leverage offensive linemen and defeat double teams. Head Coach Brent Indest used him on offense at times too, where he was surprisingly nimble and even caught a few passes.

Watch him put a juke move on a defender after hauling in a reception. You don't see many guys over 270 pounds with sweet feet like this...

He was the heartbeat of Catholic High's defense from the minute he joined varsity as an underclassman, and he grew into his potential beautifully as a first team All-District player several times.

Indest told The Advertiser's Trey Labat that Ragin' Cajuns Receivers Coach and former quarterback Michael Desormeaux was a key piece in Hill's recruitment, and Indest thinks Hill could see the field sooner rather than later.

"He's a nose or defensive tackle. Going to play over the guard or over the center," Indest said. "I think he can play at 6-foot-2, 300 pounds and still run as well as he does now at 280. I think he's going to be able to contribute and possibly contribute early."

Hill is a bulldozer in the middle of the defensive line, and as a true defensive tackle, the Cajuns have the chance to develop him into a real space eater and chaos creator up front.

With such a rich talent base in the Acadiana area, the Cajuns don't have to look far for blue chip players. Hill was right in their backyard, and he's staying in the neighborhood.

Watch Ziyon Hill's full highlight tape from his senior year. It's full of pure potential.


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