Another Big Hill

In his weekly column, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Branson's Mark Hill (6-6, 265), who is no longer just Steven Hill's younger brother but also a very good 2009 football prospect that Arkansas is recruiting. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner for details.




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It might be accurate to still call him Steven Hill's young brother, but certainly no longer can he be dubbed his "little" brother.

Branson (Mo.) High offensive lineman/defensive end Mark Hill (6-6, 265, 5.0) has sprouted up and out since his 7-foot brother first took the court for the basketball Razorbacks.

The football Razorbacks are the ones eyeing Mark, who was invited and attended the UA's Junior Day on April 26 and got a chance to meet the new grid coaching staff.

"What I found is a coaching staff that is looking forward to the season and believes it is going to have a great future once it gets some more recruiting classes there," Hill said. "They all seem like great guys and really know what they are doing."

Arkansas, Kansas State, Kansas and Missouri are among the schools keeping tabs on Hill although he does not have an offer from any of that quartet just yet.

"They have all made it clear to me that they are interested and I am just trying to check them out and see what happens," Hill said. "I am just going to keep working hard."

Hill has spent a lot of time in Fayetteville in the past four years and has thought about playing for Arkansas himself during the time.

"That is certainly something that I am very interested in doing while at the same time I don't want to close the door on anybody else," Hill said. "I am just kind of waiting to see how things play themselves out."

Those schools are looking at Hill on both sides of the ball.

"I think there are some of them that think I might be better on the offensive side of the ball and some see me on defense," Hill said. "I like defense better because I love to hit people, but I obviously will just do what I need to do to help a team out. I think I have done a pretty good job on offense and playing on the line over there helps out with your footwork on defense, too."

Hill played basketball through his sophomore season, but decided to let that sport go and just concentrate on football and track.

"I think my future is in football and so I wanted to put a lot more time toward that," Hill said.

Hill has also excelled with the discus and shot, recently breaking the school record in the discus.

Steven Hill just completed his eligibility at Arkansas and is now in the process of hiring an agent and getting ready to potentially have his shot in the NBA.

"We are all very excited for him and there is a lot of interest from teams out there," the younger Hill said.

One big difference in the two brothers is certainly their hair styles. Steven has been known for his long locks while Mark sticks with the bur cut.

"Oh, I think his hair was cool, but it's just not for me," Hill said. "Besides I don't know how I would get all that under a helmet anyway."

Mark Hill will be in Fayetteville on July 19 for the UA's Seniors Only Camp and also plans trips to Kansas and Missouri camps this summer.

He's also spending time with a personal trainer.

"I guess that is what you would call him," Hill said. "He's just a guy who is trying to help me improve my speed and my agility," Hill said. "That is my biggest goal this summer – to improve in both of those areas."






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