Hills Next In Line At Central

Pittsburgh Central Catholic has a nice crop of 2012 athletes--many who have been competing at starting at the varsity level for some time. In addition to running back Damian Jones-Moore and receiver Anthony Nixon, the Vikings have another offensive weapon for their arsenal.

Perry Hills returns at quarterback this year, looking to build on his sophomore year. Hills has already been to Schuman's National Underclassman Combine, a Pitt prospect camp as well as Pitt's 7-on-7 passing camp. He heads into his junior year, hoping to follow in the footsteps of other Central quarterbacks like Tino Sunseri and Shane Murray--quarterbacks who have gone on to Division I programs.

"Obviously, they can't give me scholarships yet," Hills said. "(College coaches) has told my coaches they want to see how I do this season. I've always liked Pitt, though, since a lot of Central quarterbacks like Shane Murray, Tino Sunseri and Dan Marino have gone there. I've always liked Pitt."

If it were up to Hills, Pitt would be his school of choice. The Panthers have had some good success recruiting at Central Catholic, starting with Murray signing in 2005. They signed Sunseri and Andrew Taglianetti in the 2008 class, both who already are important fixtures.

"I would love to go to Pitt," Hills said. "I went to one of their spring practices already. If anywhere, though, I'd really like to go to Pitt and stay close to home. I've gotten letters from Purdue, also, so I'll have to see about that. I wouldn't mind going down south either. The weather's warmer."

Central Catholic opens its 2010 season at the Rally at the Wolvarena, against Akron (OH) Buchtel on September 4. To get ready for some stiff competition in its opener, Hills felt the Pitt passing camp was a good measuring stick--however he feels there's room for improvement from he and his teammates.

"We could have done better, we should have won the whole thing," Hills said of the team's performance at Pitt. "We need to step it up a whole more. It's a good wakeup call since we lost. It was good for us to lose, then we have that feeling of loss. We know we have to step up with pads to be the best."

Even though it was good to get work with his receivers, and some other skill players at the 7-on-7, Hills welcomes the hitting and the pads when the time comes.

"The line, they're a big part of it," Hills said. "Our line should be pretty good. Our team should pull through. I'm looking forward to see how much I improve this season. My goal is to get the golden ball (WPIAL and PIAA championships). I'm looking forward to putting on pads."

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