Hill's Options Are Numerous

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with North Little Rock wide receiver K.J. Hill (6-1, 180), who will lead his team into the Class 7A basketball tournament Friday afternoon in Conway, has receivered a flurry of offers lately and made a trip to Arkansas last weekend for an unofficial visit.

Another day, another offer for North Little Rock wide receiver K.J. Hill – arguably the state's most electric player.

The one Thursday came from North Carolina and made 14 total so far for the game-breaking wideout, who has become of the state's most sought-after prospects after a slow start.

"I'll have to admit that I was wondering early on why are all these other players gettting offers and I'm not getting any," Hill said. "But things have changed so much and I just feel so very blessed."

Hill, who visited the Razorbacks last weekend, now has offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Alabama. Georgia, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Penn State , Louisville, Texas Tech, Arizona State, North Carolina and Arkansas State.

These all come after a breakout junior season for the Charging Wildcats in which he caught 83 passes for 1,210 yards and 20 touchdowns while piling up 2,071 all-purpose yards and 26 total scores last season.

Thar earned him the Arkansas High School Player of Year as awarded by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

"I was really shocked, especially since I am just a junior," Hill said. "Usually they just give it to a senior. There were so many great players in Arkansas this year that it makes it an even bigger honor."

Hill was excited to hear what the Arkansas coaches had to say during his visit last Saturday – especially Razorback offensive coordinator Jim Chaney – who spoke directly to wide receviers Hill an Highland's Deon Stewart and tight ends Will Gragg of Pine Bluff and C.J. O'Grady of Fayetteville.

"Coach Chaney made it very clear to us that they plan to throw the ball this year and even more if he gets guys like me, Will (Gragg) and C.J. O'Grady," Hill said. "I'm going to be watching the first few games to see what they are going to do this year."

He made it clear that Arkansas is among his front-runners despite some talk go the contrary.

"I grew up loving the Razorbacks and wanting to play there in either football or basketball and I still the program and the fans and the coaches," Hill said. "The main thing I just have to do is look over all of these programs and see what is the best fit for me. That's what I am trying to do."

Hill plans on cutting his list down this summer and then taking some official visits next fall.

"I would like to commit at some point in my senior season," Hill said.

At one point Hill had decided to concentrate on just football, but is now back considering playing both sports.

"Arkansas is the team showing a lot of interest in me playing both sports for them and I am really thinking about that again," Hill said. "If I do that, it would be at Arkansas."

Hill is a big part of the school's 23-2 basketball team that will begin play Friday in the Class 7A state tournament.

The Charging Wildcats – who also feature Arkansas point guard signee Anton Beard, junior KeVaughn Allen and sophomore Adrian Moore - will play West Memphis at 5:30 p.m.

"I really think we have the talent to take it all and win state," Hill said. "That is what I think is going to happen."

Hill and Allen will play with Team Penny in the EYBL AAU league this summer.

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