Florida State is transferred back to UA

Former Florida State running back Rodney Hill committed to the University of Arkansas on an official visit to Fayetteville on Friday.

He and his mother arrived Friday morning and are expected to leave early today.

Hill said Arkansas coach Sam Pittman and running backs coach Kolby Smith made him feel comfortable.

“The atmosphere and like everyone else, the whole staff, has been pretty hard on me,” Hill said. “Me and Coach Pittman have a good relationship and Coach Smith is from Tallahassee, so that’s a good relationship as well.”

Hill rushed 77 times for 334 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2 seasons at Florida State. He also had 5 catches for 83 yards.

Smith, a native of Tallahassee, Florida, joined the Arkansas staff on March 12 after spending the previous four seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

“He comes from the NFL, so he pretty much knows what you need to get there,” Hill said. “I feel like he has a great mentality and he has the tools to get us where we need to go. I’m glad I can be a part of that with him.”

Hill, 5-10 and 190 pounds, entered the NCAA transfer portal after the 2023 season and committed to Florida A&M in December, but reopened his recruitment and committed to Miami before ultimately settling again with the Rattlers.

On Monday he re-entered the portal. He said Fayetteville also won him over.

“It was my first time here and I love it,” Hill said. “Everyone is nice and then it’s just a nice place to live. I’m from the countryside, so I like country towns. So it suits me everywhere.”

Arkansas recruited Hill under former running backs coach Jimmy Smith and it appeared an official visit would take place. But Utah transfer running back Ja’Quinden Jackson committed to the Hogs in early January.

Hill attended Bulloch Academy in Statesboro, Georgia, choosing Florida State over scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Colorado, Virginia, Wisconsin and others.

He was rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 19 athlete and No. 240 overall prospect for the class of 2022.