Hill Sticks With Texas A&M
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Hill Sticks With Texas A&M

The Texas Aggie football staff is putting the final pieces of the 2013 class together. After the loss of QB coach Kliff Kingsbury and questions surrounding how long Johnny Manziel will stay at A&M, verbal pledge Kenny Hill opened up his recruiting. On Sunday, Hill made his final decision where he'll play collegiately.

Kenny Hill has formally ended his recruitment by publicly announcing Sunday that he will stick with his Texas A&M commitment and sign with the Aggies on Wednesday.

"Yes, I've informed the other schools that I will be signing with Texas A&M," Hill said. "This has been a tough process and I'm glad to now have it behind me and I can focus on baseball and graduation."

Coming off a state championship run as a junior, Southlake Carroll (TX) four-star quarterback Kenny Hill decided in the spring of 2012 to play football for head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M football program. Hill remained firmly committed to the Aggies for the next eight months that saw Texas A&M take the SEC by storm and finish 11-2. As a result of that success, QB coach Kliff Kingsbury accepted the head coaching job at Texas Tech and freshman signal caller Johnny Manziel came out of nowhere to win the Heisman Trophy.

Seeing his future QB coach leave Texas A&M and considering the possibility of languishing behind a Heisman Trophy winner for the next three years, Hill decided to open up his recruiting process. In January, Hill took official visits to both Kansas State and Baylor, and he followed that up with a planned trip to Texas A&M.

"On the visit to Texas A&M, I realized that nothing had really changed since I committed last spring," Hill said. "Those things I was worried about when I decided to take other visits were resolved and there's so many things I like about Texas A&M. It still felt right for me."

Hill went into detail regarding the factors that had him open up the process last month.

"A&M hired Coach Spavital to lead the quarterbacks and he's from the same coaching tree as Coach Kingsbury," Hill said. "They have the same offensive philosophy and nothing will change. Nobody at A&M spoke for Manziel, but it sounds like he will leave for the pros early and I'll be ready to go when he does."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound signal caller also plans to play baseball for the Aggies, and both Sumlin and head baseball coach Rob Childress have agreed to let him play hardball in the spring. In fact, one of the highlights of his official visit weekend recently was on the baseball diamond.

"On Friday, I got to go down on the field with the players while they took batting practice before their first spring scrimmage," Hill said. "It was nice. We're about to start our season and I was excited to hang out on the field with some of the guys."

But Hill realizes that football is his top sport and he'll need to work hard and keep getting better if he plans to compete for the back-up job as a freshman.

"I felt I improved my speed and my throwing accuracy this year. The game slowed down for me and I think my decision-making was much quicker," Hill said. "Going forward, I know I still need to get faster and stronger to compete at the college level. I also plan to keep working with Kevin Murray on my mechanics and delivery."

The all-state QB will graduate at the end of the spring and will be in College Station to work out informally with the team while taking summer session I classes.