Measured at 6-foot-4 and 266 pounds at a recent NIKE Camp, Alief (Texas) Elsik standout Tony Hills has always been a big kid. Real big.
"I played defensive tackle when I started playing football when I was 12," Hills said. "I was actually about 6-2 and 255 back then. I've always been pretty big, and now I think I have pretty good athletic ability to go with it."
Hills, who has not yet taken the SAT or ACT entrance exam yet, doesn't really know what his current GPA is. He does know one thing, however, and that's the fact that he's going to have a tough recruiting decision ahead of him.
"A lot of schools have been showing interest in me," he said. "It's hard to keep up with them all sometimes. I have about 15 or 20 scholarship offers in writing. Colorado, UT, SMU, Baylor, Kansas, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, there are a bunch of them."
It appears the only major program that called him in May that hasn't sent a scholarship offer yet is Miami.
"Miami called me and said they had seen film of me and liked what they saw," he said. "He asked me if I was interested in Miami and that they'd be keeping me posted and staying in touch."
So is Hills interested?
"I'm very interested in Miami," he said. "They have a lot of tradition there and playing at Miami is always a huge challenge because they always have great players lined up. They've always had great tight ends and I watched Jeremy Shockey some last season and I would like to have the chance to be in a program like that."
Tony's father played college ball at Arizona State and pro ball with the Houston Oilers. However, they don't appear to be a huge factor just yet.
"They have offered me and everything," he said. "But I want to look around and check out all my options."
One of those options is definitely staying in-state.
"Leaving the state would not be a problem for me," he said. "I just need to sit down and figure out my top schools. I haven't done that yet and I'm still pretty wide open."
So is Hills anxiously awaiting an offer from the Hurricanes or what?
"I'm real happy that all of the schools that have offered me have," he said. "I was never hoping that any one school would offer, but I'm just glad that many of them have."
Personally, it sounds like Hills is very wide open and excited about the current scholarship offers he has. If UM does extend a scholarship offer, he'd probably be a little more interested but his interest level seems fairly high now, so we'll have to wait and see.