Stills to Take on New Roles in 2009

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Practice is in full swing over at La Costa Canyon (CA) High School. This powerhouse program is home for one of the top wide receivers in the country in Kenny Stills. After a solid junior season where he caught 58 passes for over 1,300 yard and 17 touchdowns, Stills will need to do a few more things to help the team in 2009.

"We start two-a-days tomorrow (Monday). Lately I have been focusing a lot on the defensive side of the ball," Stills said. "I could have played defense since my sophomore year, but the team didn't need me to do that. But now, I am going to start at free safety and I have been working on skills."

And as if this is not enough, Stills may have more work to do on offense as well.

"We still have not found our starting quarterback," Stills said. "We have about six guys still going out for the position. Right now, it looks like I will have to take 10-15 snaps a game at quarterback. I don't mind it though. The coaches want to get the ball in my hand so we may do something like the Wildcat (formation)."

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Stills basically said that he will not be leaving the field much for his senior year. Free safety, quarterback, and of course wide receiver will be the positions that Stills will need to play for the team to have success.

With that said, Stills will need to be in good shape in order to take all of these reps.

"I am in the best shape that I have ever been. After practice, I run with the linemen and I go run routes," Stills said. "Even if I didn't have to play all of these positions, I would have still been in this kind of shape. I wanted to get better at a lot of things for my senior year. One of the things was to be 100 percent for four quarters."

For two weeks now, Stills has been involved with high school football. With all that goes into that, he does not and has not thought much about the recruiting process. Prior to the season, he went ahead and got some official visit set up with Oklahoma, Florida and Penn State.

There are two more visit he has yet to plan, but has not decided whether LSU, Oregon, North Carolina, and even Washington and Colorado will get the two remaining official visits.

For Stills, it does not matter too much as far as what is going on on that front. While some athletes of his caliber are rushing to get that out of the way, Stills remains set on a December decision.

Or when he feels right.

"I just don't have much time to put into the process right now. I'm up by 6:30 a.m. and have practice, weights, film study and sleep," Stills said. "I know some guys are rushing to get it done, but I still need to make sure I am going to the right place. If a school runs out of spots, then I will just have to move on to the next best available place."

Stills keeps contact going with many of the schools that are on the list. He spoke about the last contact between him and Oklahoma assistant coach Jay Norvell.

"Coach Norvell and I talked the other day and he was telling me about the new commits," Stills said. "He told me that there is still a scholarship for me, but that spots were filling fast. I understand that and I know that schools have a certain number of places. But I need to take my visits so I will know for sure.

"I do not want to go into a situation that I am not satisfied with."

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