In what is becoming a trend for Texas players this season, junior cornerback Holton Hill announced through the school Monday that he would forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL draft.
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Hill is now the third Texas Longhorn player to announce early entry into the draft. Hill joins tackle Connor Williams, and safety DeShon Elliot as players to declare for early entry. Linebacker Malik Jefferson hasn’t officially declared for the 2018 draft, but has already announced he will miss Texas’ bowl game with a turf toe injury.
In addition to these players declaring early, all of them will skip Texas’ bowl game against Missouri. The Longhorns will face off against the Tigers on December 27th with the Longhorns having a chance to finish above .500 for the first time since 2013.
Hill was one of the best defensive players for the Longhorns this season, regularly shutting down opposing teams top wide receivers. Hill was suspended for the final three games of Texas’ season for a violation of team rules. He finished the season fourth on the team in tackles, as well as tied for the team lead in interceptions returned for touchdowns.
In Hill’s absence over the final three games of the regular season the Longhorns relied on a combination of players to help fill in with Davante Davis and Josh Thompson seeing the bulk of playing time. Expect those two to continue to lead the way in Texas’ upcoming bowl game.