Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Hill thrilled with offer, plans to wait
North Little Rock’s K.J. Hill continues to prove why he's among the best in the 2015 class.
Receiving a scholarship offer from Arkansas on Saturday before the Samford game was a dream come true for North Little Rock junior receiver K.J. Hill.
“People don’t get to say that everyday and I’m one of the those that can say it,” Hill said. “That means a lot to me.”
Hill, 6-0, 178, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, impressed tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. and receivers coach Michael Smith with five receptions for 71 yards, two touchdowns and had a 99 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Charging Wildcats’ 55-13 victory over Lake Hamilton on Friday,
He said he doesn’t have a timeframe for a decision.
“No, I don’t,” Hill said. “I’m not trying to rush it.”
An Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Super Sophomore team member, Hill had 48 receptions for 845 yards, 11 touchdowns and 27 carries for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns at Bryant.
Hill also has an offer from Auburn and is drawing interest from Nebraska, Indiana and Notre Dame. Should he choose the Hogs, he’ll be coached by Smith.
“We’re a building a relationship every time we talk,” said Hill, who trains with former Razorback receiver J.J. Meadors. “Coach Smith always keeps it real. He’s never going to sugarcoat nothing. He’s just a person you can talk to.”
North Little Rock Coach Brad Bolding said he respects how the Hogs took their time to properly evaluate Hill instead of rushing the process.
“You have to appreciate Arkansas to really truly want to evaluate him,” Bolding said. “I think that means how much scholarships mean to them . When he attended camp this summer he would’ve earned one had he been healthy. K.J. was probably 60 precent when he was there with a hip flexor.”
Bolding said Hill is a playmaker that shines under the lights.
“The lights come on and he’s a gamer,” said Bolding, who lead the Charging Wildcats to the Class 7A semifinals last year. “We knew it. We’ve seen the explosiveness in practice. No one every simulates Friday night.