Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
Arkansas showing NLR's Hill major love
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, K.J. Hill, North Little Rock
The entire Arkansas offensive staff is on hand at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to watch North Little Rock receiver K.J. Hill in the Charging Wildcat's spring game.
Offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Jim Chaney, offensive line coach Sam Pittman, tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr., running backs coach Joel Thomas and receivers coach Michael Smith are in attendance.
Hill, 6-0, 190, 4.42 seconds in the 40 yard dash, is rated the No. 23 receiver prospect and No. 223 overall prospect in the nation by ESPN. He has scholarship offers from about 20 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 and was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s offensive player of the year.
For Hill, seeing the five coaches was a big surprise. He was only expecting Lunney and Smith.
At this time, he's planning to attend camps at Arkansas, Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State. He's going to get the feel of the schools and work with the committed quarterbacks.
He plans to take his five official visits during the season.
His main focus in picking a school will be the coaching staff. Can he be around them and trust them? He desires a coaching staff that can develop him on and off the field.
He said Arkansas is still one of his top schools.
Normally the maximum number of coaches allowed to see a prospect in a day during the spring evaluation period is two. The coaches were able attend because North Little Rock's spring game was off campus.
The staff saved evaluation days so the coaches could make the game.
The Arkansas coaches were the only college coaches in attendance.
Running back D.J. Brown had a big night with about 150-180 yards. He plans to camp at Arkansas and Memphis. He said Arizona State and Tennessee are showing interest. He had at least three touchdown runs of 19, 60 and 80 yards.