Hill On Gridiron Path

North Little Rock's multi-talented K.J. Hill (6-1, 190, 4.5) has now donned his basketball uniform after a big junior season in his football one and has decided that his college time will be spent on the gridiron.

FORT SMITH - Of the many decisions that North Little Rock junior two-sport standout K.J. Hill has ahead of him about college, he's at least come to a conclusion on one.

That's he will play football in college instead of basketball – the two sports in which he is considered a Division I prospect.

Hill (6-1, 190, 4.5) certainly showed that on the gridiron this season as he had 83 catches for 1,210 yards and 20 touchdowns while piling up 2,071 all-purpose yards and 26 total scores for the Charging Wildcats (10-3) this season.

"I've decided that I am going to play football," Hill said. "Arkansas has told me that I can play both football and basketball if I want to do so, but football is definitely going to be what I concentrate on.

"I just want to concentrate on one because I want to go to the next level (the NFL) after college," Hill added.

Hill, now joining North Little Rock's ultra-talented basketball squad, had 12 points in his team's 87-45 win over Texarkana (Texas) Friday night in a Coca-Cola Classic semifinal.

Junior KeVaughn Allen led the way with 17 Arkansas point guard signee Anton Beard had 14 and super soph Adrian Moore 11 as the Charging Wildcats (9-1) moved into a Saturday night 6 p.m. championship game against Springdale (7-0).

"It's a lot of fun playing with guys that are so talented and versatile," noted Hill, who had 14 points in Thursday's 87-45 win over Arkadelphia.

Hill has football offers from Arkansas, Auburn and Oklahoma State with many more likely to come.

"Alabama and Duke have also been talking to me a lot lately," noted Hill, who is also getting interest from Notre Dame, Ole Miss and many others.

Hill reads message boards and sees that posters have made it a point to assert they know where he is going – something he finds curious.

"It just feels good," Hill said. "But I really don't have any idea where I am going to go now so there is no way anybody else could either. It's good to be talked about, but they are all just guessing and really don't have a clue since I don't."

Arkansas will certainly be in there until the end – whether he chooses to be a Razorback and play for head coach Bret Bielema or not.

"I can see what Coach Bielema is trying to do in rebuilding the program," Hill said. "He is trying to recruit better players for the program and just did the best this season with what he had.

"I am excited to see and am going to be watching to see what they look like next year with a whole off-season and more of his players in the program," Hill added. "I rally like those coaches and I grew up a Razorback fan so that's something to factor into everything."

Auburn – who was 3-8 overall and winless in SEC action in 2012 as Arkansas was in 2013 – has had a storybook season under former Razorback assistant Gus Malzahn and finds itself in the BCS Championship game.

"That just shows you how things can change quickly with the right coach," Hill said. "I have known (former Arkansas and current Auburn assistant) Coach (Tim) Horton since like the eighth grade and know a lot of the other coaches from when they were at Arkansas State.

"I have a good relationship with them and if I did go up there, it would certainly feel a little like home because of those guys," Hill added.

Hill knows that if his decision was only about catching passes that Oklahoma State would be the place for him.

He got a chance to see the head coach Mike Gundy's Cowboys take down unbeaten Baylor in person in November.

"I know they are going to throw the ball and Coach Gundy told me if I come there he is going to get me the ball," Hill said. "I talk to the players and they said it is a great program and Coach Gundy is going to take care of you."

One of the latest rumors out there is that Hill and Pine Bluff tight end Will Gragg (6-3, 240) want to play at the same school with Arkansas and Auburn being the two schools that have offered both so far.

"We have just been talking about how it would be fun if we went to the same school," Hill said. "We think we could do a lot of damage together with me at wide receiver and him at tight end.

"It just might happen, it's not anything definite," Hill added. "We will just see what the circumstances are."

Gragg is set to announce his decision on Sept. 23, 2014 and enroll early at the school of his choice.

Hill has not set a date and is in the early stages of the process.

"I haven't made a decision on when I would make a decision," Hill said. "…I will probably start trying to narrow it down after the all the camps and combines this summer.

"I really want to get invited to The Opening," Hill said of Nike's prestigious camp held in at the shoe company's headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

Hill and Gragg are two of a deep 2015 class in Arkansas that has already seen three players commit to the Razorbacks in Charleston quarterback Ty Storey (6-3, 222), Junction City defensive end Jamario Bell (6-6, 230) and Conway offensive lineman Colton Jackson (6-6, 290).

"I just got out there this year and tried to show that I was the best in (the) 2015 (class in Arkansas)," Hill said. "I am just trying to prove it."





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