Notebook: Notre Dame Transfer to Visit Texas Tech; Gibbs Has Options in Secondary

Kolin Hill is transferring from Notre Dame and will visit Texas Tech on Monday, plus David Gibbs has options in the secondary.

Kolin Hill to Visit. Via RaiderPower’s Alyssa Chrisope (beware of auto-play video), former Notre Dame and San Antonio native Kolin Hill will visit Texas Tech on Monday and as noted in the article, is the only current visit set up:

“They just really have a plan for me. They told me that ‘we have your back and that you’re safe here and that you’ll really like it here,” Hill said.

Hill is 6-2/245 and played rush end initially, but was moved to strongside linebacker this spring and playing on the third team. Hill is currently a sophomore (technically, he hasn’t started the school year, but he is going to be a sophomore) and would have a redshirt year available and would then have three years available to play. When Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced that Hill would be transferring, it appeared that Hill was given the green light to go back to Texas and find a school there. As noted in the One Foot Down article in the comments, Hill may be moving back to be closer to a girlfriend, but I couldn’t find that reference.

As mentioned above, Hill is originally from Clemens in the San Antonio area and was a consensus 3-star rush end:

Secondary Help. LAJ’s Don Williams writes that defensive coordinator David Gibbs has options when it comes to who and what style that Gibbs wants to play. Gibbs, ever the realist, thinks he has a pretty good group:

“It’s like coach King (Kliff Kingsbury) said: We’ve got a lot of depth, but the truth is they’ve got to go tackle dudes Saturday afternoon in front of 65,000 people,” Gibbs said. “Do I feel good there’s a group of them? Yeah. Do I feel like we’ve got a bunch of dudes who are ready to go be all-Big 12 players? No I don’t, but not saying they can’t grow into that.”

There are a couple of interesting notes. Tevin Madison and Nigel Bethel are running the first team and Gibbs has Justis Nelson playing the slot guys, which Gibbs says he almost never has a tall defensive back play the slot. Also, Gibbs says that Bethel has all of the talent in the world, but he’s still learning.

Anonymous. AthlonSports (hat-tip DMN’s Michael DuPont) has Big 12 coaches talking anonymously about Big 12 teams and all things that are said are accurate and what we’ve all said. I did find what a coach said about Mahomes interesting, so here you go:

“I think the quarterback, Pat Mahomes, he’s a competitor. Last year, I think people saw him as a guy who could do what Kliff wants. I bet this year, he’s really going to give people fits, because he’s seen how people have attacked him, he’ll know where to throw the ball quicker. He can make a play when it’s not there. I was impressed with him last year. Their whole team will be a lot more sound, but he’s going to be the key for them.”

Tramel Chooses BYU and Boise State. NewsOK’s Berry Tramel (beware of auto play video) writes that the Big 12 needs to get back to twelve teams, that it needs to be the right teams, and those right teams are BYU and Boise State. Tramel makes the argument that Boise State is a draw because they are fun to watch and I sorta agree with this. I’ll stop down to watch Boise State, but I’ve never stopped down to watch South Florida or Cincinnati and another interesting idea is that this gives the Big 12 a 4th Saturday spot, with games in the Mountain time zone and that would compete with the Pac-12. Tramel admits that the geography is the biggest issue


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