Tarpon kicker transfers from Oklahoma to USF
Michael Hill, the Times' All-Suncoast kicker as a senior at Tarpon Springs in 2010, said Tuesday he is transferring to USF after spending one year as a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma.
Hill, who will sit out the 2012 season as a transfer, has talked with USF special teams coach Vernon Hargraves and will join the team as a walk-on on the first day of school in August, when the Bulls can expand their roster from 105 players to 115. He'll have three years of eligibility with USF, starting with the 2013 season.
Hill was on Oklahoma's team throughout last season and spring drills but said Tuesday he wanted to be closer to home, noting that his mother is a USF graduate. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound kicker had a career long of 51 yards at Tarpon, with four field goals of 40 yards or longer.
USF has a senior kicker this fall in Maikon Bonani, and the field-goal job should be wide-open in 2013 -- the Bulls have one walk-on, Marvin Kloss, who handled kickoffs last season and will have a shot, as could walk-on Mattias Ciabatti, who enters the fall as USF's starting punter. Chris Veron, on scholarship as a punter, would logically compete for the kicking jobs as well as a junior in 2013.
Hill was the Times' first-team kicker on the 2010 All-Suncoast team, with Ciabbatti on the same team as the second-team punter.