Column: The Curious Case of Destyn Hill

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On Feb. 3, 2021, 2021 four-star wide receiver Destyn Hill from New Orleans, La. signed his letter of intent to play at Florida State.

During his junior season of high school in 2019, he had 54 receptions for 1,047 yards and 14 touchdowns en route to a 4A state championship. During the shortened 2020 COVID-19 season, his dominance continued as he collected 33 receptions for 806 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Hill was considered a major upgrade at the position because he was the highest rated prospect in the Seminoles’ recruiting cycle — No. 129 overall, according to 247Sports Composite. However, Florida State received unfortunate news as the talented wide receiver did not enroll during the summer semester.

Florida State provided the following statement:

“Destyn Hill’s enrollment is delayed due to a personal matter. With respect to his family’s privacy, we are looking forward to him joining our program in the future.”

The 2021 season did not go as planned for the wide receiver position. Here were the statistics from the top three options:

Ontaria Wilson 23 receptions for 382 yards and five touchdowns

Andrew Parchment – 24 receptions for 313 yards and two touchdowns

Keyshawn Helton – 19 receptions for 285 yards and two touchdowns.

Does it Finally Happen?

Fast forward to now, there is still skepticism for whether or not Hill will arrive on campus. Will he be the same caliber of player that he was before? How has he held up after a year without football?

As we look for a timeline for a potential arrival, it should be noted that Session B summer classes at Florida State begin on Monday and the last day to drop/add a course would be on Thursday. While there are loopholes to enroll later than June 23, it would be much more difficult to do the later it gets.

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