St. Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic standout Marquise Hill made his first visit to the University of Arkansas on Thursday, but it most certainly will not be the last.
In fact, Hill (6-0, 170, 4.49) – a wideout/cornerback prospect who is currently committed to Missouri - plans to be back a lot to see cousin and UA freshman Ronnie Wingo playing for the Razorbacks.
"I am planning on coming down to see a lot of games because that's my cousin and I know he is going to be playing and getting things done," Hill said. "I don't know which games yet, but I will be to several."
That will give Hill another look at Arkansas, this one the game-day experience instead of just an unofficial visit that he took earlier this week.
"It went good this week in Arkansas and I really liked it," Hill said. "The coaching staff are real great guys and I know they would do a great job of taking care of me and making sure I get it done on the field and in the classroom."
He is coming off a junior season in which he rushed for just under 1,400 yards and caught one pass for 13 yards.
"Although I don't play at what you would call a football school and we haven't had a lot of success, my coach does a great job in getting the ball in my hands on offense and kick returns and punt returns," Hill said. "I also play defense and try to make plays there."
Hill had a chance to sit down with Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino to hear about where he might fit in with his squad.
"Arkansas is looking at me as both a cornerback and wide receiver, but when we talked about it on Thursday, Coach Petrino talked about getting me going at wide receiver," Hill said. "That's what I want to do, I want to be on offense and making plays with the ball in my hands."
Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma are some schools that have continued to recruit Hill and not just accept the commit to Missouri.
He has taken unofficial visits to all those schools this summer and will also take one to Nebraska next month with Minnesota also another option.
"I think committing early was a good idea both because I like a lot about Missouri's program and it also shows which schools are still really, really interested in me and who have continued to really work hard," Hill said. "It lets me know how much they really think I could be a positive for their programs."
There won't be any heavy-handed tactics from Wingo to get his cousin to Arkansas.
"He really enjoys it at Arkansas, but he has made it very clear that he is not going to try and pressure me into any kind of decision," Hill said. "He doesn't want anybody blaming him if I end up at Arkansas and just wants me to make my own decision. I am sure he would answer some small questions, but he's very clear about not influencing my decision."
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