It's UA or OU for Peyton Hillis

Conway's rugged fullback says he will likely decide between Arkansas and Oklahoma by early next week.

Conway standout fullback Peyton Hillis, rated the nation's best at his position, has told Hawgs Illustrated's Mike Capshaw that he has decided to get his recruiting over with quickly.

Hillis (6-1, 240) said Wednesday night that he will likely make a decision between the University of Arkansas and Oklahoma early next week.

That will come after this weekend's official visit to Oklahoma and also means that he is eliminating Florida, Nebraska and Tennessee from the process.

I really didn't think it wasn't going to be this hard," Hillis said.

But the youngster, who attended numerous Arkansas games this season, is ready to get the recruiting process over with soon.

"It's going to be next week some time," Hillis said. "To tell you the truth, it may be this coming Monday. You never know, but it will be next week sometime more than likely."

Hillis, who rushed for 2,625 yards this season for an 11-2 Conway team, has had recent home visits from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

"I grew up an Arkansas fan and I've really always thought that I would end up being a Razorback, but I don't know ... Oklahoma sounds pretty good."

Hillis said Razorback fans shouldn't start panicking that he is about to fly the coup. "Don't get me wrong, Arkansas is way up there and those two are proabably both No. 1 in my mind right now," Hillis added. "But I'm just going to go up to Oklahoma (this weekend) and see how everything works and how I like it and go from there."

Hillis has previously made no secret about his being a big fan of his homestate school.

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

Hillis, who has an official visit to Arkansas set for Jan. 16-18, notes the pressure to become a Razorback has been intense.

"No matter what though, Arkansas is the hardest place in the country to get recruits out of, because there is so much pressure to stay in the state," Hillis said. "It's starting to wear me out a little. It's been tough and that's one reason I'm want to go ahead and make a decision."


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