Varsity Preps

K.J. Hill, #2 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

Photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits

In the last five years, one of the biggest Division 1 pipeline high schools in the state of Arkansas, has been North Little Rock High School. The Charging Wildcats have put multiple players in the SEC and Big 12, and it looks like another addition to that roll will be made in the 2015 recruiting class. K.J. Hill has been a two sport star at North Little Rock, and for that matter at his previous high school, nearby Bryant High School. It appears though that Hill will stick to his football path, over his basketball path. Who could blame him either, with the double digit suitors that he has gained.

One thing that sticks out for Hill is his ability to get to the ball. Period. Hill although not being the biggest receiver, makes a tendency of finding the ball, fighting for it, and winning. Hill is a physical receiver and that type of play makes it all the more obvious. Hill also has a great second burst of speed. He has good foot speed off the line but once Hill has the ball and is ready to hit the second gear, he is hard to catch. This makes Hill somewhat of a homerun threat as well. Hill is strong, physical and fast. That is the formula for a great receiver at any level.

Hill has already received 14 offers from various schools, six of them coming from the SEC. Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina make up that group. The remaining eight include schools like Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Arkansas State, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State and Texas Tech. There are a couple of schools on the radar that haven’t offered yet, but should soon. Those schools are Arizona and Nebraska. For a player that hasn’t played a down of his senior season, and for that matter hasn’t taken a practice rep for spring yet, this is a beyond impressive offer sheet. Many recruits will go through their entire recruitment and never the quantity and quality of Hill’s suitors.

For the sake of showcasing Hill’s talent, schools like Arkansas, Baylor, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are looking at potentially offering in basketball. Hill is the point guard for North Little Rock, and the Charging Wildcats are, like in football, one of the best teams in the state, with Hill heading up that team at the point.

The Verdict: K.J. Hill’s strength and physicality gives me the idea that he could make a solid Division 1 slot receiver. Depending on the program, Hill could come in and play right away with his ability. Short over the middle routes could prove to be a huge weapon with Hill on the field. Hill could also be a great red zone receiver with his strength and knack to come up with the ball.

Pros: Strength, Physicality, 2nd Gear Speed, Awareness, Hands

Cons: Speed Off The Line, Durability At Next Level, Lateral Movement

Check out K.J.’s Hudl page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1415303/kj-hill

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