Recruiting Update: Amp Hill

Amp Hill is a terrific player from Jacksonville. Word on the street is that the Florida Gators have the edge over Florida State, Miami, Tennessee and others come February. What is Amp thinking? "Right now, it's early and I am open," Hill said. "I want to find a place where I can get early playing time and go to a passing school."

One of the nation's top wide receivers is Anthony "Amp" Hill from Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast High School. Hill has size and speed.

"I will catch the ball across the middle," said Hill. "I will go up and get the ball. I run good routes and make big plays. If I need to work on something I must get faster."

Hill, 6-3 and 200 pounds, runs consistently in the 4.5 range. He is widely regarded as the state's top receiver, although Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln's Antonio Cromartie is widely regarded as the top athlete at the receiver position. Hill grew up with two former Florida standouts now in the NFL, Jabar Gaffney (Houston) and Lito Sheppard (Philadelphia).

"We did grow up together. I talked with Jabar a few weeks ago. He said he had a great mini-camp. They told me to take my time with recruiting, make my own decision and do not get pressured into anything."

Two of Hill's teammates last season signed with Florida this past February, Kenneth Tookes and Reggie Lewis. Will he follow them to Gainesville?

"Right now, it's early and I'am open," Hill said. "I like Florida, Florida State, Miami, LSU, Tennessee, USC and North Carolina. I want to find a place where I can get early playing time and go to a passing school. I want to find a good system for wide receivers and a good coaching staff."

According to Hill, he has been offered a scholarship by Florida, FSU, Miami, LSU, Tennessee, USC, Auburn, Clemson, Syracuse and North Carolina. Those were the schools he could remember. This summer, he hopes to camp at FSU, Florida, Auburn, LSU and the Down and Dirty camp. He has been to a few Florida home games, a FSU spring practice and summer camps at Auburn and Georgia Tech.

This season he will also play free safety. Last season as a junior, he caught 56 passes for 814 yards and scored 6 touchdowns. Hill also returned a punt for a touchdown. He also made second team all-conference in basketball.


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