Hillis talks recruiting

Coveted Razorback recruit reacts to his team's loss and Nebraska's firing of Frank Solich as he starts to take official visits.

Peyton Hillis, the 6-3, 240-pound fullback from Conway is still pretty bummed about what happened in his Class AAAAA state playoff game on Friday night and more than a little intrigued with what is going on at Nebraska.

Hillis' Conway team rallied from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit only to lose 28-27 to West Memphis when it was ruled that he did not get in on a two-point conversion.

"I know they didn't count it, but sir, I scored," Hillis said. "I got the ball in before I was down. I promise I scored. But there is nothing I can do about it now. It's very disappointing for our year to end like that."

Hillis, who had a season-low 102 yards on 18 carries in the loss, finished the season with 2,625 yards rushing for Conway (11-2).

He now turns his attention to recruiting with visits planned to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida and Tennessee.

The visit to Oklahoma is set for Dec. 12-14 while he is in the process of setting up the other four.

Nebraska's firing of head coach Frank Solich certainly put the one to Lincoln in a state of uncertainty.

"In a way I was surprised because they had a better season than last year, but in another way I was not because they get all upset when they lose more than two games up there," Hillis said. "Now I don't know what to think about them."

A lot will hinge on who the Cornhuskers' new coach turns out to be.

"If it's a guy that changes the offense to more of a passing one, then I won't be that interested in going there," Hillis said. "If it is somebody who is going to keep the same offense, then I will take a look. I guess I'll just wait and see what the deal is."

Hillis has made no secret that a team will have to knock off Arkansas to sign him.

"I grew up a Razorback fan and it's correct to say that they would have a slight lead," Hillis said. "I really like (Razorback running back coach) Danny Nutt and (Arkansas head) Coach Houston Nutt. But I will take this visits and see what it's like and just end up choosing the school that is best for me."


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