Hill Trips To Arkansas Again

The Arkansas football program will get another chance to sway North Little Rock wide receiver and The Opening invitee K.J. Hill (6-1, 180) on Tuesday when he visits Fayetteville before he heads out this weekend with Team Penny to play in the EYBL opening round in California.

It wouldn't be surprising if one morning K.J. Hill put on a football helmet and dribbled his basketball out the door on his way to school.

After all, the North Little Rock junior football and basketball star switches hats metaphorically almost every day of the week.

Currently it's AAU basketball and high school football off-season workouts splitting his time.

"It's just a transition during the off-season," Hill said during a break in this weekend's Real Deal in the Rock in Little Rock. "It's off-season on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and basketball Tuesday and Thursday.

"I'm just having fun with it," said Hill, who found out Tuesday that he had been invited to Nike's The Opening - a prestigious summer camp for the top 100 players in the country.

Hill (6-1, 180), a prime 2015 football recruit for Arkansas, will visit the Razorback football program again on Tuesday afternoon.

It's because his Team Penny AAU squad in playing in the EYBL event in Sacramento, Calif., this weekend and thus he'll miss Saturday's Arkansas Red-White game.

It's no secret that he is intrigued by whether the Razorbacks are going to throw the ball more this season than they did in year one of head coach Bret Bielema's tenure.

"They (the Arkansas coaches) are saying that they didn't have anybody to throw it to last year and they need to get some play-makers and some winners up there," Hill said. "They want me to come up there (Tuesday) and they are going to break it down for me so they can show me how in the system they are going to get me the ball, get it to the play-makers."

Hill was named the Arkansas Democrat Gazette's Football Player of the Year after a standout junior campaign.

He caught 83 passes for 1,210 yards and 20 touchdowns while piling up 2,071 all-purpose yards and finding the end zone 26 times.

Hill has plenty of options with Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Penn State, Louisville, Texas Tech, Arizona State, North Carolina and Arkansas State all among those that have offered.

He got 10 of those offers in March alone.

"Sometimes I am thinking I am ready to wrap it up and say the beginning of the season, then I'll say after the season or during the season," Hill said. "I kind of want to take my officials first and get a feel of the campus and go from there."

Hill does plan to take one of his five official visits to Arkansas even though he has been to Fayetteville numerous times.

"I think I am going to give them an official instead (of an unofficial)," Hill said. "I am going up there Tuesday because I can't make it up to the spring game.

"I have been up there so many times, it would be just going up there and having fun with the players and stuff and just getting to know them a little bit more," Hill added.

He was recently elevated to a four-star prospect by ESPN and was named by Scout.com as one of the top wide receivers at the Nike SPARQ Camp in Dallas.

"It meant a lot, just all the hard work paying off," Hill said.

"I just stay humble by just trying to be number one," Hill added later. "I see the number one player, the number one receiver so I just try to be number one and keep on going up in the rankings and just ballin' up."

Hill and fellow North Little Rock junior basketball star KeVaughn Allen joined Arkansas signee Anton Beard and sophomore Adrian Moore in leading the Charging Wildcats to the Class 7A state this season.

Allen and Hill will be on the Team Penny roster that begins play in the EYBL this weekend.

They will then play in Dallas on the weekend of the May 9-11 in the second leg of the four-leg EYBL season, which culminates with the Nike Peach Jam July 16-20 in North Augusta, S.C.

"It's just like what we had at North Little Rock, a whole lot of talent and you can just hold back and score when you want to," Hill said. "Just get the ball to the play-makers. I know my role on the team. I'm just having a lot on fun."

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