Bethel DE Josiah Hill (Photo: Nathaniel Jones/recruit757)
John Davis, Apprentice School gain commit from Bethel DE Josiah Hill
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
The Builders will continue to benefit from recruiting close to home. The Apprentice School wrapped up a successful 2018 football season during the first week of December knocking off Oakland University 56-14 in the NCFA national championship game. Defense wasn’t an issue for the Coach John Davis led Builders as they allowed just 15 points per contest and shutout four opponents in route to a 9-3 season. However, with National Signing Day one week away, it looks as though the Apprentice School may be looking to add a little size and speed off the edge.
Insert Bethel starting defensive end Josiah Hill (2019 DE 6-5 230).
The Bethel product has been an extremely valuable asset to Coach William Beverly throughout his tenure as a Bruin which started during the 2015 football season as a freshman. Hill took an unofficial visit to the Apprentice School at the conclusion of his senior season. The decision to commit came a few hours after his official visit this past Monday.
“The Builders train leaders,” Hill told recruit757. “Its acceptance rate is lower than Yale with it being close to six percent. I plan to be an engineer one day and this program can pay for all of my degrees through hard work and dedication.”
“The choice I made was more than just a four-year program, but a 40-year program that can really help my family. I prayed about it and I had peace about this school. I can really make a great platform for my future with this program. I plan to win another national championship with this team.”
Aspirations for Hill outside of football involve studying to become a mechanical engineer. Old Dominion has a partnership with the Apprentice School that allows students to gain four-year degrees. This allows them to work on their degree as part of their apprenticeship as opposed to doing it on their own time and seeking tuition reimbursement. It also guarantees them a job with no student loans to account for.
“As I did my research, I saw that they have a partnership with ODU for engineering,” Hill stated. “I want to be a mechanical engineer one day and I could use my trade at the Apprentice School to gain a leadership position and get hands on work. I prayed about this choice and I had peace with what I desired so I committed a few hours after my official visit on Monday.”
Hill marks the first Bethel prospect to announce a commitment from the 2019 class. Starting running back De’vonte Yates (2019 ATH 5-8 170) is still mulling over his “Top 5” list released in early January and Tyra Brewington-Parker (2019 ATH 6-0 190) still has a little more thinking to do before Wednesday of next week.
– Brandon Mitchell
Editor’s Note: keep in mind that National Signing Day is the first day that football athletes can sign a NLI, not the only day a commitment to college can be made. Seniors can sign in the early signing period in late December, or anytime from the first Wednesday in February and beyond. – AH