Southlake Carroll QB Kenny Hill could be the class of 2013 recruits

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DB/WR George Baltimore, Mansfield: Basketball and football standout was one of the state's top defensive playmakers and has offers from a handful of Big 12 schools.

DB Ray Crockett, Southlake Carroll: Son of former NFL defensive back Ray Crockett recently visited Texas A&M and has received interest from Missouri and Texas Tech.

LB Sammy Douglas, Arlington: First-team all-district selection has junior day invitations from Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

RB Kyle Hicks, Arlington Martin: Totaled 1,850 yards and 29 touchdowns as running back and returner and will have his pick of colleges.

QB Kenny Hill, Southlake Carroll: Texas Sports Writers Association Class 5A all-state selection and Class 5A Division I state title game offensive MVP has offers from Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech.

DB Tanner Jacobsen, Southlake Carroll: The two-year starter and first-team all-district safety came up big for Carroll in the postseason and has received interest from Baylor, BYU and Louisiana Tech.

WR Marchie Murdock, Mansfield Legacy: The speedster stars on the hardwood and gridiron and is receiving heavy interest from LSU and TCU, among other schools.

WR Robbie Rhodes, FW Southwest: District 6-4A MVP tied a national record with eight receiving TDs and set the state mark with 394 receiving yards in a game.

DT A'Shawn Robinson, Fort Worth Arlington Heights: Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama and TCU, along with the rest of the country, are after the 6-5, 300-pound one-man wrecking crew.

QB Cody Thomas, Colleyville Heritage: The 6-4, 220-pound prototypical pocket passer threw for 3,300 yards and 36 TDs and has offers from Florida, Arkansas and Oklahoma State.

DE Gaius Vaenuku, Euless Trinity: The first-team all-district selection has the size (6-4, 250) to be the Trojans' next monster defensive lineman.

LB Brett Wade, Kennedale: Texas Tech, Missouri, North Carolina and Clemson are among those who have made offers to the 6-1, 215-pound inside backer.

LB Chad Whitener, Mansfield: District 5-5A Defensive co-MVP led the Tigers with 130 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles and has been invited to Texas A&M's junior day.

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After leading Southlake Carroll to its eighth state title and being named the championship game's offensive MVP, Kenny Hill might have felt like the center of attention.

He hasn't seen anything yet.

With the 2012 recruiting cycle in the background, the Dragons' quarterback is the face of the class of 2013.

Texas high school football fans already know his name but it won't be long before the rest of the country does as well.

"There's no weaknesses in his game," said Hurst L.D. Bell coach Mark Smith, against whose team Hill passed for 263 yards and 4 TDs and ran for 109 yards and a TD in a 45-13 victory this season.

Hill (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) has offers from Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech after throwing for 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushing for a team-high 1,400 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2011.

"When you are competing against him, it's almost like you are playing pick-your-poison," said Damon Sayles, ESPN's Midlands recruiting coordinator.

"He has a great deep ball and he's very accurate but if he gets flustered or there's nothing available, he's got the ability to stop you with his feet.

"He's a dual-threat option in a pro-style quarterback's body."

Hill plans to attend the junior days of Stanford, Texas and Texas Tech. He recently visited the Aggies and Bears.

He said he loved his visit to College Station.

"They talked about how I'd be a good fit in their offense since they run the spread now," Hill said. "They highlighted moving to the SEC."

Hill said his visit to Waco, his second after seeing the Bears take on Iowa State in October, went just as well.

"They have a good offense I'd fit into," he said.

One aspect of his trip to Baylor has stuck with him.

"We saw the Heisman Trophy -- that was crazy," he said. "I had never seen one up close."

Hill, whose father, Ken, pitched for the Texas Rangers, said he would like to make his college decision this summer. He said conference affiliation won't matter, nor will the type of offense a program runs, although he runs the spread at Carroll.

Like his father, Hill excels on the baseball diamond but knew when he became a Dragon what his future held.

"I grew up always wanting to be a baseball player, but living here in Southlake -- football is life here," he said.

In the last decade, Carroll quarterbacks have signed with schools such as Alabama, Arizona, Missouri, SMU and North Texas, but Hill's recruitment is wide open.

In addition to Stanford and the Texas schools, Colorado, Missouri, Arkansas, Arizona, Oregon and West Virginia are in the mix for his pledge. But one school in particular could be the one to watch.

"I grew up as a Miami Hurricanes fan."

Matthew Reagan

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