Jaden Hill has had a pretty good couple of days as far as his recruitment goes and it’s only really getting started.
A Class of 2018 two-sport standout at Ashdown (Ark.) High School — where he’s a pitcher and third baseman and also a quarterback — has picked up two scholarship offers from Southeastern Conference schools in two different sports within eight days.
“It’s truly a blessing,” Hill told BlackAndGoldIllustrated about the offer from the Tigers. “It is my first SEC football offer and it is amazing for it to be from a school like Missouri.”
How did it happen on Wednesday morning?
“I was walking in the hallway from taking my test and my head football coach, Coach (Matt) Richardson, came running to tell me they wanted to call me,” Hill said. “I talked to their quarterback coach (offensive coordinator Josh Heupel) and he seemed very interested in me and said he wanted to offer me a scholarship to play there. He said he would work with me to make me become the best QB he could.”
The football offer from Missouri, which followed football offers from Arkansas State and Louisiana Tech, came eight days after the baseball offer from the Razorbacks, which was one that means a lot to Hill.
“That was great,” he said. “My first baseball offer being from my home state Arkansas. It’s always been a dream of mine growing up here. That means a lot to me knowing they have big interest in me and it gives me a lot of motivation to work even harder and hope for more to come.”
Hill, who helped Ashdown to a runner-up finish in the Arkansas Class 4A state tournament recently, may have a difficult decision to make with which sport to play in college. It’s possible to play both, though that becomes much more difficult as a quarterback because of the responsibilities with spring football practices.
Hill isn’t sure what he will choose to do.
“I really do not know at this point yet I have tremendous love for both sports,” Hill said. “Doing both in college sounds great but many people have told me it will be more difficult in collegiate sports. So I will continue to do both as long as I can and only time will tell.”