If they gave an award out for the Arkansas football recruit traveling the farthest for his official visit this weekend, Sam Irwin Hill would nab that honor.
The Australian-born punter traveled 14 hours on a plane from his home in Bendigo, Victoria back to City College of San Francisco earlier this week and then another six hours - with a layover in Houston – on to Fayetteville.
"It's worth it," Irwin Hill said while en route. "I am very excited about the chance to visit a great football program such as Arkansas. I am looking forward to meeting the coaches and the players. I also understand they have a great business school and I plan to major in business."
Irwin Hill (6-3, 210) averaged 46.1 yards per punt last season for City College of San Francisco – something that garnered him attention from staffs at Arkansas, Miami, Louisiana Tech and Utah State.
"Right now I don't have any other visits planned and I am hoping everything works out with Arkansas this weekend," said Irwin Hill, who had a long punt of 77 yards this season and dropped 15 of his 46 punts inside the 20-yard line.
He was recruited for Arkansas by graduate assistant Terrence Butler and committed to the previous Razorback staff.
He has not been offered a scholarship yet by new Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, but it's obvious the Razorbacks have a great deal of interest in him as evidenced by bringing him in this weekend on an official visit.
"That (the scholarship offer) is one of the things that I will be sitting down to discuss with the coaches this weekend," Irwin Hill said. "I have been given every indication that is going to happen this weekend."
He does have offers already from Miami, Louisiana Tech and Utah State and is one of 12 Arkansas official visitors that arrived on Thursday or Friday.
Irwin Hill is a product of Prokick Australia kicking academy, who has also trained former NFL punter Chris Bryan, LSU's Jamie Keen, Hawaii's Alex Dunnachie, Memphis' Tom Hornsey, Wake Forest's Alex Kinia, Utah's Tom Hackett Minnesota's Christian Eldred and Indiana's Marcus Kinsella among others.
He has been coached at the aforementioned academy by Nathan Chapman, who praised Irwin Hill's development and notes that Irwin Hill punts with his right foot, but can also punt 45 yards with his left one.
"Sam possesses one of the strongest dual capabilities in the nation and has a number of different style punts that will have never been seen before in Arkansas," Chapman said. "..Look to see him bring a new element to the Razorbacks in 2013. And he will give the offense the confidence to know they can attack on all plays because he has the ability to flip the entire field."
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