Ravenswood High School senior Wes Hill has enjoyed a great football life
To say Wes Hill has been exposed to lots of great football in his lifetime would be an understatement.
And that includes being around players who would ultimately win a Super Bowl.
Hill, Ravenswood’s outstanding senior tight end, fullback, linebacker and defensive lineman is presently involved in his second season with the Ravenswood Red Devil football program.
The versatile Hill, who is the son of Ravenswood offensive coordinator Adam Hill, moved back to Jackson County in 2020 prior to the start of the high school football season.
It was a season marred with tons of interruptions and distractions due to COVID-19. But Hill made the most of the situation, earning All-Little Kanawha Conference and Class A All-State recognition.
Hill thinks his past experiences and football IQ can be beneficial to his team.
Not to mention helping him land a spot on a college roster.
As a junior last season, Hill played a variety of positions — tight end, fullback, linebacker, defensive end and long snapper.
Dear old dad
Hill has embraced the moments with his father, a former standout at Ripley High and college football player.
“It’s been really great,” said Hill, who speaks like an individual far beyond his years. “I feel like living with him, being with him 24/7, it gives me an advantage because he teaches me the game and I think I understand it a little bit more than some kids do. I just cherish it (the time with his dad) and I like to use it to my advantage.”
Hill’s father played one season in the Viking football program as a senior after starting his high school career in Florida. He then took his talents to Glenville State College. He would later spend time in the Marshall program and would play semi-pro ball for a team based in Huntington.
Adam Hill has coached at not only the high school level but on the collegiate scene. Prior to coming back to Jackson County, he was working in an administrative role with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The NFL experience
Wes Hill said it was a great learning tool getting a chance to know a lot of professional athletes.
They became role models and helped launch his work ethic to another level.
He reflected fondly on his days in the Tampa area and his father’s job within the organization.
“He (Adam) got really close to Dexter Jackson, the Super Bowl MVP. He was good friends with Dexter and he was always over to our house,” said Hill.
Mark Jones and Anthony Davis were also frequent visitors to the Hill household.
“I love those guys like my second family,” Hill said.
Super Bowl Sunday
Most fans love Super Sunday.
For Hill and his family, this past February’s showdown between the Buccaneers and then the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs was a day he will never forget.
He got to watch the game while having a great deal of knowledge about many suiting up for Tampa Bay, who became the first team to ever play a Super Bowl in its home venue.
“It was a great day. Everybody went crazy,” said the Devil standout. “Pictures were being sent back and forth. We call it ‘Champabay.’”
Hill was born in Huntington.
Early in his life, he attended school in Ripley before the family moved to the Tampa area.
Before coming back to Jackson County, Hill was a student/athlete at Bloomingdale High School, which plays at the 6-A level in the Sunshine State.
“Honestly being from here I expected it would be a little different,” said Hill of the move back to Jackson County.
But he’s not complaining of shifting from big city life to a much smaller environment.
“I like how slow the lifestyle is because there it feels like it's non-stop,” Hill said. “But here I really get to know people. I see people in the hallway. Here I know everybody.”
Home, sweet home
While his early days in Jackson County were spent on the Ripley side, Hill is equally happy being in the Ravenswood school system.
“It was special with my dad going over to Ripley. Having been in Ripley, it was cool at the same time to know people over there and then get to know people on this side. I like it here.”
Sports molds special relationships and that is what has taken place since he became a Red Devil football player and Ravenswood High School student.
“The guys took me in,” Hill said. “(Ravenswood head football) Coach (Eric) Hupp did a really great job with that. I made friends quick and I really appreciate these guys for bringing me in and treating me like family.”
Hill can play up and down the defensive front for the Red Devils.
And offensively, he’s a solid blocker and both tight end and fullback.
He’s athletic and shows good power as a runner and soft hands catching passes.
During the offseason, Hill worked out hard in the weight room and with his running program.
And he set out to keep learning the game by traveling to various locations where it was football around the clock.
“I’ve went to a lot of camps,” he said. “I went to the University of Kentucky, Marshall and WVU.”
Another strength Hill possesses as a player is long snapping.
He attended the NKR Camp to get ranked as a specialist.
He feels all the camps went well and were extremely beneficial.
Obviously with the work he has put into the game of football and the upbringing he’s enjoyed, playing the game at the next level is a goal.
But for the moment, he’s solely focused on one final season playing high school football, which is a time in life that comes and goes at a very fast pace.
“I’m just taking it day-by-day. I just want to focus on the present,” he said. “I want to focus on high school. That is all that matters right now. If I’m going to go to the next level, they’ll find me.”
With his talent, intelligence and football savvy, there’s no question they will.
And when they do, the sky will be the limit for Ravenswood Red Devil Wes Hill.