The Texas Longhorns have more talent incoming from The Boot — head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff have been hard at work establishing a recruiting footprint in Louisiana the past couple of cycles and they made sure they were not closing up shop empty handed in the 2024 recruiting cycle.
Melvin Hills may have a three-star ranking with the recruiting services, but you will be hard pressed to find someone that agrees that his production the past two years equates to being a three-star prospect. One thing I know for sure is that Texas defensive line coach Bo Davis has a lengthy track record with identifying and developing talent in his position room, so when he put his stamp of approval on Hills and pressed for his commitment over the summer it was definitely noteworthy for me.
Notable offers for Hills include Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M, but he was another example of a commitment that the Longhorn staff never had to worry about once he was in the boat. And now he has officially signed on the dotted line and became a Longhorn.
Hills notched double-digit sacks and double-digit tackles for loss as a junior and he followed up that productive campaign by taking his production to another level as a senior.
Senior season highlights— Melvin Hills III (@IiiHills) December 12, 2023
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When you calculate up the amount of disruption Hills generated the past two seasons then you will eventually come to the conclusion that he is probably a little underrated by the networks.
Here is my analysis of Hills from back when he committed in the summer:
Hills possesses good size at 6’4, 270 pounds with a frame that will allow him to continue to fill out as he continues to develop. Utilized on tape as an edge defender, but will transition full time to the interior at the next level. Had a very productive junior season statistically:
90Tackles— Melvin Hills III (@IiiHills) December 24, 2022
Shows good quickness at the snap and good enough burst to beat blockers across their face on stunts. Displays good hand usage at this stage in his development and shows the ability to win with them and get off blocks. Possesses solid play strength, but can still stand to improve and that will come in time as he matures physically. Can play high at times, so playing with low pads will need to be a coaching point for him. Read and reacts well and shows good COD. Plays with urgency, high effort, and a good motor. Flashes an arm over move at times that will need to be tightened up a bit when he transitions into the interior. Can get displaced from the LOS at times and will need to improve his ability to anchor. Overall, I like the physical traits he possesses already along with the strong production from 2022. I do think though he is a guy who will need some time in the redshirt incubator so that he can mature physically and acclimate to playing inside full time.
I love the way Bo Davis is stacking talent at the defensive tackle position long term for Texas. Heading into the SEC, Texas had to make sure they had their act together from a depth and talent standpoint along the defensive front. They are on their way to be feisty and ready come prime time in 2024.
A consensus three-star prospect, Hills is ranked as the No. 717 player nationally and the No. 79 defensive lineman, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.