Wildwood High School graduate Wes Hills will play his final season of eligibility with NCAA Division II Slippery Rock University football team this season.

Slippery Rock announced Hills among the 34 players to officially sign to play for the school Wednesday, naming the 6-foot-2, 225-pound running back as its top recruit. 

Last season, Slippery Rock went 8-3, including 5-2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Hills spent the last four years at D-I University of Delaware in the Football Championship Subdivision. He could not be reached for comment Friday.

During a career hampered by injuries at Delaware, Hill rushed for 1,849 yards, averaging 6.5 per carry, with 14 rushing touchdowns. He served as a team captain for two seasons.

Slippery Rock coach Shawn Lutz said in a news release that The Rock were aiming to improve their run game.

"Getting Wes Hills from Delaware is a huge addition for our program," Lutz said, "and he will give us something next year that we haven't had in a long time in an explosive and athletic back that is also really big and physical. We also added a lot of talent at the skill positions, some big-time quarterback prospects and a couple offensive linemen that could start next year."

Hills played in all 12 games during his freshman and sophomore years. He was redshirted his junior season in 2015 when he suffered a foot injury in the first game.

He established himself as an NFL draft prospect during the 2016 season, which was shortened due to injuries. In seven games, he rushed for 728 yards, averaged 8.3 yards per carry, and scored seven touchdowns.

He was deemed academically ineligible prior to last season.

"He's a big, physical, punishing runner that is also explosive and can make you miss," Lutz said. "He gives us something we haven't had in our program in a long time in a running back that is not only explosive, but also has that kind of size. He also brings a great deal of leadership as a two-time captain at a Division I school. Now that he's fully healthy, we believe Wes has a chance to be the best player on the field in a lot of games next year."

As a senior at Wildwood in 2012, Hills set South Jersey records by rushing for 2,107 yards and 35 touchdowns and led the Warriors to their first South Jersey Group I playoff appearance. He was a first-team Press All-Star and named The Press High School Male Athlete of the Fall in 2012.

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I graduated from Rowan University in 2011 where I studied journalism. I covered local high school and college sports at the South Jersey Times and Vineland Daily Journal. I have been a sports reporter with The Press since July of 2013

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