February 7, 2012

Hill visiting Lubbock this weekend

Reigning Texas 5A Division I State Champion Southlake Carroll's quarterback has quite a bit of interest in Texas Tech.

Kenny Hill, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound Class of 2013 prospect, has been active since guiding the Dragons to their eighth state title in school history and he'll be in Lubbock for the Red Raiders' junior day this weekend.

"I've been to Baylor already, I think I'm going to go visit Stanford and I'm going to visit Texas Tech on the 11th," Hill said.

Southlake Carroll's quarterback fits the dual-threat prototype. That means Hill is capable of making a good throw but also tucking the ball and running when the pocket collapses. A lot of quarterbacks that fit the dual-threat mode will run first rather than pass -- like Vince Young during his early years at Texas -- but Hill appears to have the discipline to stay in the pocket if he sees something developing downfield.

Between Hill and Wichita Falls Rider quarterback J.T. Barrett, it appears the Red Raiders are willing to break a long streak of landing just pocket passers.

So the question becomes which dual-threat quarterback, if any, will choose the Red Raiders.

"I really like Tech," Hill said. "I like their offense and everything. I like Baylor, I love their campus and the churches and their offense has been the past couple of years too. They had a Heisman Trophy winner last year and I really like it there, but I really like Tech as well.

"With Texas Tech I can bring more of a running attack (than fans are used to seeing from a quarterback). I can throw the ball just like they can throw the ball. So I think I'd be a pretty good fit. I think Baylor is more of an offense that I'd fit into automatically but Tech's offense is good too."

If you're catching the theme that Hill's choice centers around Tech and Baylor, you're spot on.

"I talk to the head coach at Stanford (David Shaw)," Hill said. "From Texas Tech it's Sonny Cumbie and Neal Brown and then at Baylor I'm talking to Art Briles and (linebacker coach) Jim Gush.

"I really like the coaches at Baylor and I have a really, really good relationship with the coaches at Tech and love talking with them. I don't really talk with Stanford as much."

Hill hasn't set a timeline on a decision and attention will soon be returning to defending the 2011 State Championship.

"It's going to be tough but we're certainly up to the challenge," Hill said. "We can't wait to get started again this season. We'll start it up with spring ball, go through summer workouts and two-a-days and the season starts. Doesn't seem that far away at all.

"I can't wait to get started. We're real excited to defend the title and we're looking for a repeat."

Hill currently holds scholarship offers to Tech and Texas A&M.

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