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40 Days to Purdue Football: Ronnie Hill

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The walk-on safety from Cathedral comes from the state’s best HS program.

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The No. 40 is one of the more legendary numbers in Purdue football history. Mike Alstott made that number quite memorable in establishing the all-time rushing record during his time. Today’s player is not a running back, but he is still trying to make his mark in the No. 40 jersey.

Ronnie Hill – So.

Indianapolis, IN (Cathedral HS)

6’, 199 pounds

Safety

2017 Projection: Reserve at safety

You can never go wrong when you get a player from Cathedral, either as a walk-on or otherwise. Hill joined the team in the fall of 2016 as a walk-on and has been a valuable practice player since. He is even in the running for some playing time there this season. He initially used his redshirt year in 2015 at Southern Illinois.

During his four years at Cathedral he was part of four straight state championships as they ran roughshod over class 4A, then Class 5A. As a result of that success Cathedral had to spend the last two seasons playing up in Class 6A. it is the first, and so far only, time that a school has had to play up two full classes in a sport since the IHSAA introduced the success factor.

This is a player that can possibly contribute in the future. Here are his highlights.