Hill humbled by honor

Considering other talent in the state of Arkansas, K.J. Hill was honored to receive the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's offensive player of the year award.

North Little Rock wide receiver K.J. Hill was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette offensive player of the year.

Hill (6-foot, 170 pounds) said he was humbled to receive the honor, considering the talent pool in the state of Arkansas this year.

"It means a lot," Hill said. "To get it as a junior, it just shows that all my hard work really paid off. There was a lot of competition for this award. When you play against guys like Will Gragg, the games are already that much more competitive and fun too.

"We get a lot of people doing a lot of different things and that's good for Arkansas high school football. Arkansas is a hot spot with 2014 and 2015 talent."

The talented two-sport athlete, also a point guard, has offers from Arkansas, Auburn and Oklahoma State.

"Arkansas, obviously I watch their games because they have been my favorite school growing up," he said. "And then Auburn, I knew a lot of those coaches since like the eighth grade. And then Oklahoma State is a good school and I've been up there a couple of times. I like their facilities and coaches."

Although Hill has had a relationship with Auburn coaches Gus Malzahn, Rhett Lashlee and Tim Horton for many years, he said he really enjoys his relationship with Arkansas' new coaching staff as well.

"I like Coach (Michael) Smith. I've talked to him every time I have been in Fayetteville and then I talk to Coach (Barry) Lunney (Jr.) almost every day," Hill said. "And then Coach (Bret) Bielema came to my practice the other day. I didn't really get to talk to him much, but it felt good to see him show that type of interest in me to come and watch me practice.

"They are really cool and down to earth. You can talk to them about anything and they are a lot of fun to talk to."

Perhaps his lead recruiter is not even technically a Razorback yet. North Little Rock senior running back Juan Day is committed to Arkansas and will enroll during the fall. He has been making a push for Hill, a 2015 prospect, to join him at the next level.

"He has been recruiting me to go to Arkansas every day," Hill said with a laugh. "He just visited and he has been talking to me a lot about that.

"We've known each other since like pee wee football, but we are always playing against each other, so we didn't really start talking until we started playing on the same time a few years ago. We've been tight ever since then, though.

"We talk a lot, about anything. He's a best friend to me, like a brother."

Hill has over a year to make his final decision, but admitted playing for Arkansas is something he could see himself doing.

"It would be crazy and a dream come true," Hill said. "I can't imagine how it would feel. I see them on TV and everything, but then to actually be there and suit up with them would be crazy."

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