RECRUITING: Arkansas FB likes OU's tradition

Conway, Arkansas prospect Peyton Hillis is everything college coaches are looking for in a fullback. Hillis names his top four, and even singles one out as a leader. Is it good news or bad news for the Sooners? See inside...


Hillis is a big, bruising running back who has enough speed to be dangerous as a ball carrier in college, but enough size and strength to be a dominating fullback. Hillis goes into his senior year as a three-year starter at fullback out of the wing-T formation.

Last season, Hillis carried the ball 180 times for 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns. Hillis also showed that he can catch the ball out of the backfield with 17 receptions for 285 yards and two touchdowns.

"I love to catch the ball out of the backfield," said Hillis. "I have pretty good hands for a guy my size and our coaching staff here at Conway takes advantage of that. In the wing-T, the fullback is the most important running back. I have to be a great blocker and a hard-nosed runner. I block a lot on the ends, outside linebacker and even on cornerbacks. I also block in pass protection, but I get a chance to carry the ball and I will say that I am a hard-nosed runner who runs hard between the tackles."

Hillis can bench 400 pounds, squats 565 and he has a 32-inch vertical jump. Hillis has attended the Arkansas summer camp the last two summers and each time felt he did really well. This year Hillis ran a 3.9 shuttle and had his best combine overall.

Hillis has been offered by eight different and has narrowed his choices down to four.

"I like Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Alabama as my top four. Oklahoma is pretty much my number one school right now. They have a great winning tradition and they seem to have a lot of interest in me, and they are ranked number one in the nation. Their coaches care about their players and they have great fans.

"Oklahoma is just a great football program," Hillis continued. There is a lot of pressure to stay at Arkansas, but that doesn't make any difference to me as long as I am happy and can get a good education. Arkansas is real high in my top four as well, but actually all four of my schools are very high on my list."

Hillis has qualified.

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