So where's the buzz on this Tacoma standout?

HE'S GOT GOOD SIZE, has a load of talent, can play several positions, is A-OK in the classroom and hails from a school with a long history of sending football players to the Pac-10. So how come there's not more recruiting buzz about this multi-sport standout from Tacoma's Curtis High? The answer may be found in a toe and in the fact he's so darned versatile.

Gerald Hill is a versatile athlete who has potential written all over him. But a combination of two factors -- an injury plus the fact his position in college may differ from what he's now playing, has produced less recruiting buzz compared to some of the other names in the Evergreen State.

Hill suffered a Jones fracture -- a broken bone at the base of the small toe -- during this past basketball season. The injury, though, didn't occur until after he'd done enough on the court to earn league MVP honors.

Recently off crutches after two months, Hill has started jogging and playing summer basketball. He says he could run a 40 but not at full speed, and doesn't plan to do so until his training has progressed. He says he's "getting better and better every day" and should be 100 percent before practices start in August.

As for position on the field, he's a quarterback at Curtis, but tight end or defensive end may be in the cards at the next level.

Hill was Curtis' starting QB last season following an all-league sophomore season at tight end. On defense, he's lined up at defensive end, linebacker and safety, and he turned heads in his limited turns coming off the edge. The conventional thinking is that tight end or defensive end might be his best position in college.

"I have a feeling because of my tight end (skills) they're probably thinking about me playing tight end but I think I can play quarterback at the next level -- that's what I want to play," he said.

ON THE RECRUITING FRONT, Hill said he has no favorites but noted that Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona, BYU, UW and Oregon are all showing interest, with most of the contact going through his prep coach.

He said Washington State, Oregon State and Oregon all came by Curtis during the May Evaluation period, and that he may take unofficial visits this summer to Pullman, Eugene and the UW.

"They (WSU and Oregon) were down here and talking to my coach, asking how soon I would be able to start doing stuff, asking about my weight and if I'm working hard to get it down," said the 6-3, 240 pounder.

"My playing weight was about 225, but I'm trying to get down to 220 or 215. It won't take me that long to get down there," he said.

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