Arizona State was already expecting some major roster turnover in its defensive secondary going into 2022. On Wednesday morning, Tommi Hill announced he was entering the transfer portal, making the replacement situation a little less clear.
Hill saw minimal playing time in 2021, his freshman season. He started just one game, a September contest against Colorado, and logged nine tackles in 11 games played this season. With the experienced secondary trio of Chase Lucas, Timarcus Davis and Jack Jones moving on, Hill was seen as a candidate to fill a starting role in 2022 prior to his entry into the portal.
Hill was close with defensive secondary coach Chris Hawkins, who recruited him. Hill’s desire to leave the program may be linked to the pending NCAA investigation which put Hawkins on administrative leave prior to the beginning of the 2021 season.
Along with Isaiah Johnson and Eric Gentry, the defensive side of the ball in ASU’s 2021 recruiting class was shaping up to be one of the conference’s best. Now, a hole needs to be filled in an already porous secondary.