Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
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Hill commits to Hogs
North Little Rock receiver K.J. Hill, center, plaid, , calls the Hogs with his step-father Montez Peterson, left, father Keith Hill, right, and other family members after announcing Friday his oral commitment to Arkansas during a news conference at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in North Little Rock.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK Highly regarded receiver K.J. Hill publicly announced Friday his oral commitment to Arkansas during a news conference at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame conference room in North Little Rock.
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He picked the Razorbacks over offers from Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State and about 15 other schools.
Hill — 6-1, 192, 4.42 seconds in the 40 yard dash — is a consensus four-star prospect by the recruiting services, while national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network rates him a four-star-plus recruit: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
He was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's All-Arkansas Preps Offensive Player of the Year last season after recording 63 receptions for 1,143 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior for North Little Rock.
ESPN rates Hill the No. 25 wide receiver and the No. 208 overall prospect in the nation.
Dumas tight end Will Gragg was in attendance to show support for his friend. Oral commitments are nonbinding.
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Did Hog commitments like Ty Storey of Charleston, tight end C.J. O'Grady of Fayetteville, offensive lineman Zach Rogers of Carrollton, (Texas) Hebron and others make an impact?
"They all did have an impact,"Hill said. "Ty especially, he was always texting me and asking me when we're going to win a national championship. So yeah, they made a big impact."
He received direct messages on Twitter everyday from Arkansas for him to call one of the coaches.
"They made me feel very wanted," Hill said. "Not any of these (others) never did that."
Dumas tight end Will Gragg will likely make his decision in the near future.