Sunday, January 27, 2013
TAMU QB commit Hill nearing decision?
By Sam Khan Jr.
Texas A&M quarterback commit Kenny Hill is still keeping his options open.
The last few weeks have been intense for Southlake (Texas) Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill.
From taking visits, hosting coaches in his home, to endless phone calls and text messages from either coaches or just people wanting to know what the three-star quarterback is going to do, it has been busy. Hill summed it up in a few words.
"It's been crazy," he said. "Absolutely crazy."
The Texas A&M commitment has been evaluating his future, deciding whether it is indeed A&M where he wants to spend his next four to five years.
Two weeks ago, he took an official visit to Baylor. Last weekend he visited Kansas State. And over this weekend, he went to College Station, Texas, to visit the school he is still committed to, Texas A&M.
There are no more visits on the docket for Hill, who now will spend the coming days thinking about his options and discussing them with his family before coming to a final decision. The three schools that received official visits the last three weekends are the only ones under consideration for Hill. He believes he'll know soon which one he's picking.
"I'll know by the middle of the week," Hill said.
As for the visit to Texas A&M, Hill had positive words.
"It was good," Hill said of the visit. "I had a good time."
Not surprisingly, Hill was hosted by one of his former high school teammates at Carroll, Texas A&M true freshman receiver Sabian Holmes. That made for a positive experience for Hill, the No. 21 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.
"It was good," Hill said. I always love chilling with Sabo."
Hill said Holmes talked the Aggies up plenty.
"He tells me it's great," Hill said. "He loves it there. He's having a good time. He makes it seem like the best place in the world."
One objective he had while on the trip was to see the baseball facilities in addition to his football experience. Hill is dual-sport star at Carroll, playing football and baseball for the Dragons. He plans to do that in college, too.
"I love the [baseball] stadium," Hill said. "I got to meet the coaches and I thought they were cool."
As for Hill's questions about his future, most of those were answered on in-home visits made in recent weeks by Texas A&M coaches, including head coach Kevin Sumlin. Hill said his questions have been answered to his satisfaction and he likes what the coaches had to say, including their vision for him.
"I'd come in and be the backup and play when Johnny Manziel leaves," Hill said.
Hill also had a prior relationship with new A&M quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, because Spavital recruited Hill for West Virginia, Hill said.
"He's cool," Hill said. "He actually recruited me when he was at West Virginia, he was recruiting me there. So I already kind of knew him a little bit."
The dynamic of having a former high school teammate as his official visit host wasn't something that only the Aggies could offer, though. Kansas State also did that on his visit to Manhattan, Kan., last weekend when true freshman linebacker Will Davis, also a Carroll product, hosted Hill.
That made both the A&M and Kansas State trips good, Hill said.
"It was fun, but getting to see Sabo really made the [A&M] trip good though," Hill said. "That's what made the K-State trip good, because I got to see Will Davis."
Hill said he liked what he saw at Kansas State as well.
"I liked it," he said. "I liked all the people there and stuff like that. It's a cool place. It's different. But it's cool and I like it."
The Wildcats coaches told Hill he can come in and compete immediately, he said.
"[They told] me I can come in and play and just said that I could come in and battle for that spot," he said.
Hill also liked his visit to Waco, Texas, to see Baylor.
"The Baylor one went well," he said. "I love the coaches down there. It went well there, too."
When it comes to making a decision, what's most important for Hill, who led the Dragons to a Class 5A Division I state championship in 2011?