I had the pleasure this week to interview Aggie 2013 commit QB Kenny Hill from Southlake Carroll.
Kenny committed to Texas A&M in late April after attending the Maroon and White Game.
Kenny told me he is now "6'2" 205lbs and run a little under a 4.6."
As a junior, Kenny completed 243 of 386 passes (63%) for 3,006 yards and 25 TDs with 9 INTs, and rushed for 1,383 yards and 24 TDs on 280 carries (4.9 ypc) in leading an undefeated Southlake Carroll (16-0) to a state championship.
As good as that junior season was, this season Kenny has performed even better, thus far completing 187 of 273 passes (68.5%) for 3,030 yards and 26 TDs with just 3 INTs and has rushed for 1,322 yards and 28 TDs on 148 carries (8.9 ypc).
This season has not been without its challenges. After going undefeated last season, Kenny and Southlake Carroll suffered a surprising 24-0 loss to Allen in its first game of the season.
When asked what he and his team took away from that loss to Allen, Kenny said "We took away that we need to work harder and not take anything for granted."
Since that season-opening loss to Allen, Kenny has led Southlake Carroll to 12 straight wins, many of them routs in which Kenny has sat much of the second half of games, else his numbers would be even bigger.
Last weekend Kenny and Southlake Carroll won a hard fought Class 5A regional semifinal 16-7 over always tough Euless Trinity. In a defensive batthe, Trinity was able to take away the long pass, holding Southlake Carroll to 112 yards passing, while Trinity was also tough on the run, holding Kenny to a still respecectable 4.5 yards per carry.
When asked his thoughts on the Euless Trinity game and what he learned from it, Kenny responded "They (Euless Trinity) are a great team and they came in ready to play, but we fought hard and I think proved to people we can play 48 mintues."
This week Kenny and Southlake Carroll face undefeated DeSoto (13-0) in the Class 5A Regional Final on Saturday afternoon at at SMU's Ford Stadium.
To get ready for the challege that DeSoto presents, Kenny tells me "We are watching a lot of film and just practicing hard." Kenny thinks the keys to the game are "are just to slow down their offense and don't get worried if they get up."
I asked Kenny what he thought have been your biggest improvements from your junior to your senior year, and Kenny responded "Just being more comfortable and having the game slow down even more."
Kenny told me his goals going into the season were to "win Gatorade player of the year and win a state championship." Well, he's halfway there.
Last week Kenny's outstanding performance this season was recongnised with him be named the Gatorade Texas High School Player of the Year. Our Fox Sports colleage Greg Powers told us Kenny is also a finalist for the Fox Sports Next National High School Player of the Year.
When asked what he thought of these personal awards, Kenny said "It is awesome, I'm so blessed and I thank God and my teammates and coaches."
Kenny says of the the success Texas A&M has had in its first season under Coach Sumlin and its first year in the SEC, "It's awesome and very fun to watch it gets me excited."
I asked Kenny what he thought of Johnny Manziel's play this year and of getting to play with and learn from Johnny when you arrive at Texas A&M.
Kenny replied, Johnny " has played great and really taken control of the team and has flourished in the offense. It's awesome getting to learn from a Heisman winner, is very lucky for me!"
I joked with Kenny asking him, if anyone has started calling you 'Kenny Football' and he laughed saying "People in the lockerroom call me that just to mess with me, but that's about it and I think it's pretty funny."
The son of a major league baseball player, Kenny is also a great baseball player.
I asked Kenny if there was a chance you will play both football and baseball at Texas A&M, and whether there is any chance you may choose to play professional baseball rather than attend Texas A&M, and Kenny responded "Maybe (play both football and baseball at A&M), but I don think I will leave to play in the MLB."
Kenny is excited about the monster 2013 recruiting class Texas A&M is putting together, the 2014 class looking like it could be even better, and the ability to play for SEC and national championships.
"I'm pumped, our class looks amazing, and I think that it will give us a good chance to compete year in and year out."
I asked Kenny if he was actively recruiting other top player to join him at Texas A&M, and if so who are Kenny Hill's targets, and Kenny said, "I'm trying to get (2014 OL) Ty Barrett (from Dallas Skyline) to come to A&M, he is a monster."
I told Kenny he already has so many Aggie fans following and supporting him, and asked Kenny what he thought of this, and he replied "I don't really see them that much but I hear from them on twitter and stuff and it makes me feel very welcome and shows how much the Aggie faithful love their players and their school."
Finally, some have wondered how solid Kenny's commitment to Texas A&M is and Kenny told me "My commitment is pretty solid, I'm not looking to decommit!"
Comparing Kenny's high school stats to Johnny Manziel's college stats, you see that they are very similar. I think that Kenny is a perfect match for the dynamic offense employed by Kevin Sumlin and Kliff Kingsbury.
The Aggie Websider will continue to follow Kenny Hill and Southlake Carroll's march towards state, starting with today's big game against DeSoto, and then Kenny's transition from Southlake Carroll to Texas A&M.