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Jefferson County quarterback Carlton Hill is patiently waiting for the season to get started next weekend. "We've been working real hard, trying to come together as one," Hill said. "It's been a long offseason. I got a state ring in track and now I need to get one in football."

Hill, 6-2 and 210 pounds, was Florida's Class 1A 200m champ as a junior. On the football field, he says that's the biggest goal.

"The two things I'm trying to do are win a state title and get my grades all lined up," he said. "I had a 2.0 core at the end of last year and I took some summer school and now it's up around a 2.3. As long as I get A's and B's this year, I'll be straight."

Hill scored a 17 on his only ACT attempt. He's coming off a busy summer, which included stops at Miami and Florida State.

"I went to those two camps," he said. "They were different -- different players, different coaches. At Miami, I got a chance to work with Dan Werner. He's a real cool guy, real straight with everyone. They offered me so I guess I was the guy they wanted at camp. At Florida State, the coaches seemed to be really digging Ryan (Perrilloux). Honestly, I don't see what makes him much different than me except that he probably has a better O-Line. Some people say he's the best so I think I match up pretty well against the best."

The talented quarterback also understands he may have a future at wide receiver.

"I like playing quarterback and that's where I wanna play," he said. "But I know I have the size and speed to play receiver. If I know I can get on the field more and faster as a receiver, I'll be more than happy to play there."

Hill said Derek Shaw's commitment to UM doesn't really change the way he thinks about the Canes.

"They still got a lot of great things about them," he said. "Coach Werner said they wanted to get two quarterbacks anyway. The chance to win a national title and play in the NFL is all still there."

Hill, who is rated as the No. 9 quarterback prospect in the nation by TheInsiders.com, also lists LSU and South Florida as possibilities, although the Tigers appear to be slipping some.

"LSU hasn't really talked to me in a minute," he said. "Plus, they want me as an athlete so I'm not sure about getting a shot at quarterback."

The talented senior hoped to attend the UM/FSU game on Labor Day but that's going to be difficult for him to do.

"Because it's on a Monday and with school and practice and everything, it's gonna be hard," he said. "Plus, it's kinda far to get back in time for everything. I wanted to go, though. I'll watch it."

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