Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Kenny Hill '100 percent' to TAMU
By Damon Sayles
Kenny Hill (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) doesn’t pay much attention to the trolling and the rumors that float around social media. In the last week, Hill has heard that he’s going to decommit from Texas A&M and explore other options, particularly with Kliff Kingsbury leaving A&M as the offensive coordinator to take the top job at Texas Tech.
Hill squashed all rumors -- including one that had him exploring the option of possibly playing at Baylor -- Monday night. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback said he is “100 percent solid” with the Aggies and looks forward to playing for coach Kevin Sumlin and the program.
“There’s always one person saying something, and then that turns into something, and then another and another,” Hill said. “Coach Kingsbury left, and Johnny [Manziel] won the Heisman. Then someone says something. I think it’s just people coming up with their own ideas of what I’m going to do.
“I’m pretty solid. Nothing’s really changed with me.”
A three-star quarterback, Hill was recruited primarily by receivers coach David Beaty, but Kingsbury, then the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, was influential in Hill’s decision. Hill added that he’s excited for Kingsbury, who, at 33, gets the chance to coach his alma mater.
“He’s a great quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator,” Hill said of Kingsbury. “He was a big reason why I picked A&M. I had a good relationship with him, and he’s a cool dude.”
When asked whether he would consider switching to Texas Tech, Hill said he would listen, but he doesn’t plan on leaving the Aggies. He also said he hasn’t spoken to anyone from Texas Tech -- Kingsbury included.
Instead, Hill has been working on becoming a better all-around quarterback. He works out with former Aggies quarterback Kevin Murray, whose son, 2015 quarterback Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas/Allen) will play for a Texas Class 5A Division I state championship Saturday.
Hill has been working with Murray for about three years, and he said Murray has been effective in helping with overall quarterback fundamentals and technique. Hill won a state championship as a junior, and as a senior he accounted for 4,790 total yards and 60 touchdowns. He threw for 3,369 yards, 27 touchdowns and only three interceptions, and he rushed for 1,421 yards and 33 touchdowns.
“He’s been helping me get my feet right and making sure my mechanics are right,” Hill said of Murray, who played for the Aggies from 1983 to 1986. “He makes sure I’m always in a position to throw. He’s also helped me with how I approach the game and all that comes with it -- success, failure, people talking about it, stuff like that.
Hill said he’s looking forward to learning from Manziel once he arrives on the Texas A&M campus. As for the social media chatter and rumors, Hill chooses to simply ignore it.
“I don’t really care about it,” he said. “People are going to stay what they want no matter what. I’m just going to go out and do my thing. I’m getting ready for A&M. However they take that ... that’s just how they take it.”