Admires Charlie, FSU

Jefferson County quarterback <b>Carlton Hill</b> grew up a fan of Heisman Trophy winner <b>Charlie Ward,</b> who led Florida State to its first national title in 1993. Hill also admires the Seminoles' program and coach <b>Bobby Bowden.</b> Considered an exceptional athlete, Hill has been offered by a number of collegiate powers, including the Seminoles. Click here to see where FSU stands on his list.

Jefferson County quarterback Carlton Hill was pleasantly surprised, not to mention grateful, when Florida State coach Bobby Bowden offered a scholarship during the Seminoles' football camp last Friday.

"It kind of caught me by surprise," said Hill, who had been offered previously by Sunshine State powerhouses Miami and Florida, as well as South Florida and Central Florida.

"I grew up admiring Charlie Ward and admiring FSU's program," said Hill, who is yes-sir, no-sir polite.

"I enjoyed the camp. There was a lot of talent and it was fun being part of it and meeting new people."

Hill, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, threw for more than 1,627 yards and 21 touchdowns with just three interceptions last year at Jefferson County in Monticello, Fla., a 45-minute drive from the FSU campus. In addition to his passing prowess, Hill also ran for 596 yards and 12 touchdowns.

While Hill wants the opportunity to compete at quarterback in college, he said he wouldn't mind switching positions because of his athletic ability.

"At quarterback, you are probably going to sit at least two years (redshirt and learning the system)," Hill said.

"So, it really wouldn't matter. I just want to play."

Hill recently attended the one-day Miami camp and is headed to Auburn this weekend. A stop at North Carolina State on Friday also is a possibility.

Hill, who said he's fully qualified, lists FSU among his six favorites though he admitted he grew up a "fan of the Florida Gators." That group also includes Miami, LSU, Georgia, Michigan, and Maryland. Hill said he would like to take his five recruiting visits before making a decision.

At the moment, he's conditioning and lifting in preparation for Jefferson County's upcoming season under first-year coach Jeff Schaum, a former graduate assistant coach at FSU.

Schaum worked under defensive coach Wally Burnham, who has been at South Florida for a number of years.

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