Focus 2005

<b>Carlton Hill</b> is a tall, physical, and athletic quarterback prospect with a big arm. He has received a number of scholarship offers from major schools such as Miami, Florida, Auburn and Michigan State. Well, add Florida State to the mix. Hill, from nearby Monticello Jefferson County High School, received an offer from Seminole coach <b>Bobby Bowden</b> last week. Click here for an update.

When first-year coach Jeff Schaum arrived at Jefferson County High School in Monticello, Fla, this past spring, one of the first players he heard about was returning quarterback Carlton Hill.

"You know when you first get somewhere new and you hear about a kid who is 6-3, 210 and can run a 4.4, well, you are thinking he's probably 6-foot, 6-1, 190 pounds and runs a 4.7," Schaum said and laughed.

Well, guess what?

The scouting report on Hill was on the mark. A bull's-eye, in fact.

"He's over 6-3, over 210 pounds and, yes, he can run a 4.4 40," Schaum said. "He's an outstanding young man. My first impression was here's a kid could be whoever he wants to be."

Hill, of course, wants to be a quarterback.

Schaum said Florida State became the latest in a quickly growing list to offer Hill, who attended the Seminoles' camp last week.

Schaum said Hill, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, received the offer from FSU coach Bobby Bowden on Friday.

Schaum said FSU recruited Hill as a quarterback. A tall, strong and athletic player, it's no secret that Hill's best days are in front of him. Schaum also said while Hill grew up a fan of FSU, he plans to study his options.

Hill threw for more than 1,627 yards and 21 touchdowns with just three interceptions last year. In addition to his passing prowess, Hill also ran for 596 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Hill and Schaum recently attended the one-day Miami camp and is headed to Auburn this weekend. Other name schools that have offered include the Hurricanes, Florida, Auburn and North Carolina State, Purdue, Michigan State, just to name a few.

"I tell people he's a combination of Michael Vick and Dante Culpepper," Schaum said.

"He's a big, mobile kid. The thing we have to do with him now -- and he knows this -- is we have to work on reading defenses. He's obviously a player who can make things happen. Plus, he's a good kid and a good person."

Schaum said Hill is fully qualified with a 2.5 grade-point average.


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