Hills Ready to Take on Maryland

Maryland quarterback commit Perry Hills is working hard this off-season to get ready for 2012.

“He's pretty much the whole package.” That's how Terry Totten, head football coach at Pittsburgh Central Catholic, described his quarterback, Perry Hills. “He's talented, he's dedicated, he's a leader and he's smart. He can make throws and he can beat you with his legs.”

Even with this glowing promotion, Totten forgot to add one more thing: PIAA Wrestling State Champion. Yes, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Maryland commit capped off a stellar high school athletic career this winter with a state title.

Now, with his high school athletics career behind him, Hills has turned his attention to his future in College Park. “Since wrestling season has been over, I've just been lifting and concentrating 100 percent on football,” he said. “Whether it's going out and throwing the ball, lifting or working on my footwork. I've also been practicing the past two Sundays for this East-West All-Star Game (May 6).”

Hills won't be alone in his move down to Maryland however, as close friend and high school teammate Anthony Nixon is also committed to play safety for the Terps next season.

“They're both very good players and very good friends,” said Totten of the duo. “I think they feed off of each other and they have a little competitiveness going on. They're certainly a nice tandem to have coming in together as freshman.”

“He's had his hands full with track, after school,” said Hills of his teammate. “So, I can't get my hands on him yet. But I'm sure once he's done with that, then we can start throwing. Or actually, I'll get guys to throw to and he'll cover them, since he'll be on defense.”

Until that time though, Hills wants to polish a few aspects of his game, including the quickness of his release and his foot mechanics; something Totten has taken notice of. “Perry's really worked on his footwork and on improving his ability to escape, to move better in the pocket and extend plays.”

It's not hard to see that there is a great rapport between Totten and his former quarterback. The two helped lead the Vikings to an 11-1 record and a No. 11 state ranking last season. And according to Hills, the soon-to-be Terp has a similar dynamic with the coaching staff waiting for him in College Park.

“I have a great relationship with all the coaches, said Hills. “Every time I go down there I see them with smiles on their face, shake their hands and they ask me how I'm doing.”

Hills recruiting coordinator, Maryland Assistant Head Coach Greg Gattuso, still remains in contact with the quarterback, whom he talks to quite often. Gattuso, whom Hills called, “a great guy”, has strong ties to Pennsylvania, where he tends to do a good part of his recruiting.

After his upcoming graduation, Hills will have a few weeks left at home before packing up and heading down south on June 17. But there'll be no first-year jitters for this freshman.

“I'm very excited about going off to college and doing football year round instead of half football and half wrestling,” he said. “Now I can just focus fully on football. And I'm looking forward to competing. I'm there to compete and to try and get a position.”

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