Philip Hill endured a college journey due to injuries after a distinguished career at Klein Collins.
Safety has shown his potential at UNLV in the 2021 season and he will be looking to get back in form in North Texas this fall. The 6-foot and 190-pound safety entered the transfer portal on December 23 and was sent to the UNT on Tuesday.
Hill announced his decision on his Twitter account, where he simply wrote “Home” with a photo of him visiting the UNT campus. He has two seasons of eligibility left and will reunite with his two former coaches at UNT.
UNT Deputy Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator Drew Swoboda is a former coach for Klein Collins. Clay Jennings coached cornerbacks and nickels at UNLV in 2021 and joined the UNT staff as safety coach this offseason under new coach Eric Morris.
Hill was highly regarded after he left Klein Collins, where he was rated as a three-star prospect. Hill took some time to reach his potential during his time with Rebels.
He redshirted in 2018 and played in one game in 2019 before suffering an injury at the end of the season.
Hill did not play in the 2020 season before scoring in 2021 when he finished with 46 tackles and three interceptions. He left the team before last season when UNLV beat UNT 58-27 in Las Vegas.
The Evil Greens are moving to a 3-3-5 system in 2023 under new defensive coordinator Matt Caponi and looking to bolster their secondary system.
Hill is the second transfer defender UNT has landed since Morris took over. The Mean Green previously added Louisiana-Lafayette transfer defenseman Damon Youngblood.
These additions could help offset the losses that UNT has suffered at the secondary level since the end of the season. The Mean Green lost underwriters Sean-Thomas Faulkner and Quinn Whitlock prior to release.
DeSean Gaddy, who has played both fullback and quarterback during his time at UNT, entered the transfer portal earlier this week.
Hill has had some impressive games in 2021. He finished with five tackles and one interception in a game against Fresno State.
Hill is the latest of seven transfers UNT have added over the past few days as he looks to pick up momentum ahead of Morris’ first season. The former Washington State Offensive Coordinator took over the program for the 7-7 season, culminating in a Frisco Bowl loss to Boise State.
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