One of the top playmakers in the 2015 class is headed to Arkansas.
K.J. Hill had offers from dozens of schools across the country but had narrowed his decision down to Arkansas, Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida and Ohio State. In the end, he announced on ESPN's SpreeCast he wanted to play for the Razorbacks, according to John Talty of AL.com.
The North Little Rock star posted huge numbers in high school as a big-play receiver who has shown the ability to score from anywhere on the field. Bleacher Report's Tyler Donohue takes a look at the player's production as a junior:
4-star WR KJ Hill (@KayJayHill) has Top 5: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Notre Dame and Ohio State. 83 catches, 1,210 yards, 20 TDs in 2013.— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) August 25, 2014
As he continued to move up in various rankings, Kipp Adams of 247 Sports explained why:
Hill is considered the No. 22 receiver in the nation and No. 1 player overall in the state of Arkansas, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings. He is a 4-star prospect in most publications and has the potential to be a true impact player at the next level.
While the 6'0" receiver does not have elite size or speed for his position, he has good agility that allows him to escape trouble. He is elusive in traffic and uses that ability to turn short passes into long plays, even without typical breakaway speed.
Many believed Hill was set to stay home and sign with Arkansas, especially after coming away so impressed with the visit. His stepfather Montez Peterson gushed about meeting coach Bret Bielema to Richard Davenport of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette:
Coach B made sure somebody reported to him about how they were doing and what they were doing while he was there. He doesn’t want anything to happen to our son while he’s there. And you factor all the other things with him saying the way K.J.’s character is and how he is as a person.
This ended up making a big impact on the player himself as he will now be a big part of the Hogs' future.
With Hill's strength and offensive impact, it would not be surprising to see the young player see the field early in his college career. The only thing that could hold him back is a lack of understanding the playbook.
Either way, his new team will be thrilled to have him as he possesses as much upside as almost anyone else in the class. If he can continue to improve, he can become one of the best at his position.
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