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.
NLR's Hill visits Hogs, plans to return
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, K.J. Hill, North Little Rock
Highly sought receiver K.J. Hill made his first trip to Arkansas on Saturday, his first since the fall and plans to make a return visit in a few weeks.
Hill, 6-0, 178, 4.5, of North Little Rock has scholarship offers from 13 schools, including Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, Louisville, South Carolina and Notre Dame.
He had 63 receptions for 1,143 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s offensive player of the year. Video highlights CLICK HERE
“They told me I’m going to have to sit down with (offensive coordinator) coach (Jim) Chaney and (receivers) coach (Michael) Smith and go over the X’s and O’s,” Hill said. “That’s why I’m going to come back up.”
In addition to Arkansas, Hill is planning to visit Alabama and might look to take other trips to Ole Miss and Notre Dame.
Charleston quarterback Ty Storey, an Arkansas commitment, was also visiting and did his best to get Hill to be a Hog.
“Ty was trying to recruit us,” Hill said in Sunday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. ”He was talking how we could come up and make a big difference.”
Hill, Pine Bluff tight end Will Gragg, Storey and other in-state prospects were told by Coach Bret Bielema they could make a major impact on the program.
“He broke it down to us,” Hill said. “He was showing us all of the previous classes that did big things and showed most of the recruits were from Arkansas. LIke the Joe Adams, Darren McFadden and all of them. Most of the recruiting class was from Arkansas and they did big things at Arkansas. He showed us that and that was pretty good.”