Chaney's Departure Has Hill's Head Spinning

Arkansas wide receiver pledge K.J. Hill - a soft verbal expected to visit Alabama this weekend and Arkansas on Jan. 23-25- talks about the departure of Razorback offensive coordinator Jim Chaney for Pittsburgh.

What looks like an offensive staff shake up at Arkansas has one of the Razorbacks’ top offensive commits shaking his head right now.

That would be North Little Rock wide receiver and U.S. Army All-American K.J. Hill (6-1, 190), who saw reports of current offensive coordinator Jim Chaney taking the same job at Pittsburgh.

“He (Chaney) was my main reason I wanted to go to Arkansas,” Hill said Sunday night.

He had 58 catches for 1,023 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 386 yards and seven more scores and had 4 kickoff returns for 167 yards this season.

“I am still taking to Arkansas, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma State, Bama and Ole Miss,” Hill said.

With the Sunday addition of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., four-star offensive lineman Jalen Merrick – who chose Arkansas over Florida State and Florida – the Razorbacks now have 19 commits in their 2015 class.

Merrick’s addition moved the Razorbacks’ class from No. 23 to No. 17 nationally according to

Hill is the only one labeled as a soft commit to the Razorbacks because of his intention to take an official visit to Alabama this upcoming weekend and then one to Arkansas on Jan. 23-25.

A report from Harry G. Psaros, publisher of the Pittsburgh sports site, said that Chaney would be allowed to hire his own staff.

Psaros noted that could include bringing current Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith and running backs coach Joel Thomas.

Those are the only three Razorback assistant coaches out of nine who did not have raises and contract extensions announced on Thursday.

Montez Peterson, Hill’s step dad, noted that the family is watching to see what happens next while also exploring their options.

“A lot of this was talked about through Coach Chaney – offensive wise,” Peterson said. “Now it seems to be going in another direction.

“K.J. has to do what is best for K.J.,” Peterson added. “Coaches come and go, we understand. They have to do what’s best for them.

“People need to understand, that K.J., or any other position deserve the same option,” Peterson continued. “He was promised a lot of things would happen from an offensive standpoint from both Chaney and Bielema together. That obviously has changed.

“Just a mess right now and he deserves to do what he feels is right for him,” Peterson said.

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