Hill's big play featured on "Last Chance U"

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By Travis Jenkins

He shredded opposing defenses in high school and earned All-Conference honors as a JUCO freshman wide receiver, but perhaps most impressively, Mike Hill helped humble a self-described “football savant.”

Hill, a Lewisville graduate, was recently featured on the popular Netflix series “Last Chance U.” The show, now in its third season, is a behind-the-scenes, documentary on junior college football. The first two seasons followed the team at East Mississippi Community College and season three, which debuted recently, focuses on Independence Community College in Kansas. Both have rosters with a high percentage of players who lost spots on Division I rosters because of academic or off-field trouble. The junior colleges offer them a chance at redemption. Hill is not part of that storyline at all. After graduating from Lewisville High School last year, he went to Iowa Western, one of the top junior college programs in the country. He did well in the classroom and on the field, with a number of four-year programs showing interest in him. His moment in the spotlight came as Iowa Western faced Independence. The teams played shortly after Independence Coach Jason Brown was shown sitting in a hot tub, smoking a cigar, discussing the fact that he rarely watches film and was a “football savant.” Independence got run off the field by Iowa Western 70-21 thanks in part to Hill. He was shown reeling in a 45-yard pass to help set up a touchdown. His name was mentioned fairly prominently and the rout continued.

“That was exciting to see Mike get some screen time making a big play,” said his high school coach Will Mitchell.

During his freshman campaign last year, Hill was second on the Iowa Western team with 58 catches for 707 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers earned him a spot on the All-Iowa Community College Athletic Conference team.

At Lewisville, Hill had 1,800 career receiving yards, to go with 1,412 rushing yards and 39 total touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 41 passes for 905 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for an additional 500 yards and eight scores. He was all-state twice and made the North-South All-Star roster in 2016. He was also an all-state basketball selection and played on Lewisville’s state championship winning baseball team in 2017.