February 6, 2012

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

Southlake Carroll QB Kenny's Hill dual-threat ability sets him apart.

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


Twitter: @reaganmatthew

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