Elbert Hill

Ohio State Offer ‘Wonderful Feeling’ For 2026 Cornerback Elbert Hill

There’s always something a little bit different about camp offers compared to scholarship offers any other time of the year. Camp offers come following top performances by prospects with the eyes of dozens of college coaches on them. It can be a pressure-packed experience for even the best players in the nation.

On Thursday at Ohio State’s first one-day camp of the summer, Elbert Hill took that pressure and turned it into an offer following an impressive performance in front of OSU cornerbacks coach Tim Walton.

Hill is a 2026 cornerback prospect from Archbishop Hoban in Akron, and he already holds offers from the likes of Michigan, Miami, and Pitt, with many more to come. Michigan’s offer came on Wednesday after he earned defensive MVP honors at the Wolverines’ camp.

The offer from Ohio State, however, certainly stood out.

“It’s a wonderful feeling,” Hill said of his offer. “It’s just beautiful. It’s a great place. I grew up in Ohio. I would love to play here.”

Hill also earned a Defensive Back MVP award a month ago at the Under Armour NEXT camp in Obetz, Ohio, which is exceedingly impressive for somebody who was still a freshman in high school at the time.

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Following his workout, Hill was brought into head coach Ryan Day’s office for a conversation. It was then that the offer was extended.

“He said that he loved my skill set and that I’m a great player and he loved my work ethic,” Hill said of the feedback from Day. “He told me just keep working on my game and don’t let up.”

Hill (5-10 150) patterns his game after NFL cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and Denzel Ward, and said he is a patient cornerback with the necessary catch-up speed when needed.

Ramsey was coached at one time by Tim Walton, which is a fact that isn’t lost on Hill. But the discussions with Walton that really stuck with Hill had nothing to do with Ramsey — or football at all.

“Great man. Talks a lot about what you do in life,” he said of Walton. “We talked about always being a great man. Don’t ever take anything for granted.”

For all of the reasons listed above, the Buckeyes are currently in good standing when it comes to Hill’s recruitment.

“They jumped to the top of my list,” he said with a smile.

There is still a world of time before any decisions need to be made, of course. Hill has visits to Notre Dame, Penn State, and Pitt coming up. More offers will follow, but for now, the Buckeyes seem to be in good standing.

You can check out the full interview with Elbert Hill below.

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