Auburn In The Mix For 4-Star Wide Receiver

Talented four-star wide receiver K.J. Hill talks about the recruiting process and gives his thoughts on the Auburn Tigers.

Little Rock, Ark.--A four-star receiver and the No. 29 ranked player in the country at his position, speedy K.J. Hill has seen his recruiting really take off since the offers started rolling in last summer.

Getting ready to finish spring practice and head into the summer, he said the attention has really picked up since college coaches have been able to visit in the spring evaluation period.

"The recruiting process is kind of hectic right now," the 6-1, 190 Hill said. "There have been a lot of coaches coming in and talking to me. It just has your head spinning."

With offers from all over including top programs such as Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Penn State, Hill said the most challenging assignment is yet to come for him when he begins to try to narrow his list to a select two or three.

"It's real tough," Hill said. "You have all these big-time schools coming after you and every time you go to a college you're like ‘dang, which one?' The facilities are all nice. It's going to be pretty hard.

"I'm looking at Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, all of the SEC schools," he added. "The ones that have offered me I have been looking at hard. Then I visited Oklahoma State and I like them a lot. I like Notre Dame and Ohio State a lot too. Oregon is sticking out to me too."

One of the colleges Hill is prepared to give a long look is Auburn. Camping with the Tigers last summer and keeping a close eye on them throughout the run to the SEC Championship last year, Hill said that his longtime relationship with Tim Horton and the Arkansas connection with Gus Malzahn, Rhett Lashlee and J.B. Grimes makes Auburn a natural fit for him.

"It's just the love they show," Hill said of the Arkansas connection on Auburn's staff. "They know my state and know where I'm from. They just show a lot of love. Coach Horton couldn't talk to me while he was there. I talked to him on Thursday and he told me just to come up this summer and have a good time."

Hill said he's planning to visit Auburn sometime this summer and also hopes to take one of his official visits to the Plains this fall.

A talented basketball player with scholarship offers in that sport as well, he said he plans to take his official visits during the football season so it won't interfere with his final basketball season and will make his decision sometime after his final football game. When the time comes he said he will have particular things in mind to look for in helping him make a decision.

One of those is his comfort level on the campus he visits. "I'm not going to play good if I'm not comfortable," he said. " I just want to see if I fit in and see if the program will develop me as a player and a person."


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