RECRUITING: Hills is a mountain of a tight end

Alief, Texas tight end Tony Hills says he's not close to committing and lists his top six schools

TONY HILLS, TE, 6í5 1/2, 260, 4.75, ALIEF ELSIK, TEXAS:

Tony plays like a man among boys and is easily the top tight end in Texas and many believe that he is the best in the country.

Hills has always played beyond his years during his first two seasons at Elsik. His sophomore year, Elsik concentrated on the option game and Hills graded out over 90 percent as a blocker. As a junior Hills continued to be a fantastic blocker, but toward the end of the year Elsik opened up its offense and Hills finished with 13 catches for 230 yards and one touchdown.

ìI am pretty confident that I will get more opportunities in the passing game this year,î said Hills. ìWe are getting ready to do some pretty exciting things as a team and in the passing game. I canít wait to get started. I am an aggressive person, so when it comes to receiving I look more to running over my defender. I know that the object is to avoid getting tackled, but I canít help looking for contact. That is why I like blocking so much, because that just comes down to whipping the man across from me and he has to come to me if he wants to get to my running back or quarterback. I will win that battle and my guys are not going to get hit.î

Hills can bench 330 pounds, squats 450 and has recorded 29.7-inch vertical jump at the Nike Camp at Texas A&M. Hills went to the Texas camp before his junior season and has gone to the Nike Camp at Texas A&M the last two years. Hills is still trying to decide what camps he will go to this summer and he wants to visit a number of college campuses.

Hills likes Texas, Colorado, LSU, Florida, Arkansas and Oklahoma, but he says that he is open to all colleges at this point. He has been offered by over 30 schools. Hills denies rumors that he is close to committing to Texas.

ìI like Texas a lot, but I am not close to committing to them like some people are saying,î said Hills. ìI also love Oklahoma, and to be honest I like a lot of schools right now. I want to go through the recruiting process and I want to look around before making my decision. I wonít be committing early.î

Tony will take his SAT this summer.

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