Verbal commitments can be promises that some recruits can't keep. New offers from other programs, forming relationships with other coaches, or pressure from family members can be reasons why someone may play his college ball with another school.
That's what Michigan State hopes to be the case for Detroit King cornerback LaVert Hill, who committed to Penn State back in January of this year following an unofficial visit to the school. He has since made another trip back to Happy Valley and attended the Nittany Lions' junior day as well.
The Spartans offered Hill a scholarship the first day of May and also made the trek to East Lansing with teammate and four-star wide receiver, Donnie Corley, on the same day Austin Andrews and Jonah Morris announced their verbal commitments on social media.
This past Saturday, the 5-foot-11, 176 pound defensive back collected his third SEC offer from the Georgia Bulldogs, totaling his offer list to 15. He understands the interest that he's receiving with nine months remaining until National Signing Day, but isn't swayed to leaving head coach James Franklin at the moment.
Other offers include Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Tennessee and West Virginia.
"It doesn't really change my mind like that," Hill told Michigan Preps on Sunday about his Georgia offer. "I already know that I'm committed, and Penn State is the school I want to go to. But it's still exciting to know that I have that now."
Hill is one prospect that has been pushed hard by Michigan State's 2016 recruiting class, specifically Huber Heights quarterback, Messiah deWeaver, the ring leader among the current list of 12 pledges.
deWeaver, a four-star pro style pocket passer from Ohio, even took to Twitter to mention Hill as "one of the top corners in the country."
247Sports ranks Hill as the No. 17 cornerback in the country and No. 4 player in the state of Michigan. Rivals.com ranks him No. 6 overall in Michigan. Both have him rated as a four-star recruit.
And one of the top Corners in the Country ... He's from Detroit too! https://t.co/7KlplinN7t— Messiah deWeaver (@Siah_10) May 17, 2015
As of right now, Hill said that he's focusing on training for this upcoming season. He transferred from Detroit Cass Tech, the reigning Detroit Public School League champions, back in December and has since felt comfortable at his new school. Cass Tech and King are scheduled to do battle on September 25.
"The move from Cass Tech has been good, and I'm getting better, so I've adjusted well to the change," Hill said. "I have the game circled on my calendar right now, and they've been talking junk to me, especially Demetric Vance."