Former LSU Tigers running back Jeremy Hill had a sensational sophomore season in 2013 when he ran for 1,401 yards, but at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine he will not try to outrun his past which includes two arrests, but rather tackle the matter head on.
According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Hill has sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams explaining the circumstances of his arrests and included character references as he attempts to address the character concerns that could hurt his draft stock.
LSU RB Jeremy Hill mailed a letter to 32 teams, being proactive & detailing his 2 arrests. Package includes pages of character references
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 21, 2014
Hill had to sit out his first season out of high school before playing for LSU after he was arrested on sexual assault charges but pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile which was a misdemeanor and resulted in two years of probation.
Prior to the 2013 season Hill was arrested for simple battery following a fight outside a bar and was suspended indefinitely and missed the first five quarters of the season for LSU before being reinstated.
The news is nothing new for LSU fans, most college football fans and the NFL who Hill said are aware of his past transgressions, but he’s doing the right thing to own up to his past and let teams know how he’s changed.
“I put myself in that situation, but, like I said, I can’t really focus on that,” he said. “All I can do is make the right decisions going forward and put myself in the best position possible. … I’m just moving forward and doing the right things from here on out.”
Hill is viewed as the No. 2 running back by most draft experts behind Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, but Hill admits he’s not getting his hopes up about being drafted too high because teams won’t be able to ignore his past.
“I’m going into draft day with nothing expected, and just being blessed and honored if any team takes me,” Hill said. “I’m not really having high expectations.”
Hill can prove to be a big steal for the team that puts their faith in him provided he keeps running and doesn’t let his past catch up to him.