Archive for Thursday, July 26, 2007

Division I schools eye LHS running back Hill

July 26, 2007

Football practice doesn't begin for a few more weeks, but Lansing High senior running back Chris Hill has been thinking football all summer long - both at the high school and college level.

In preparation for the upcoming season, Hill has been working out four days a week at 7 a.m. to get stronger and faster. Plus, he has spent time on the road attending numerous college camps. Included on that list is the Louisville Senior Camp.

Hill's summer training has only bolstered his status on the recruiting radar. Ranked as a two-star running back by Rivals.com, Hill received a scholarship offer from Army on Thursday, July 19.

While Hill has yet to visit the United States Military Academy at West Point, he said he was excited that it was the first school to make him an offer. Still, Hill said he doesn't plan to make a college decision for a few months while fully exploring his options.

"I'm loving this right now, and I'm leaving it up in the air," he said.

Among his options appears to be the Air Force Academy and the University of Utah, also NCAA Division I institutions. Both schools have shown serious interest in the 5-foot-10, 193-pound Hill.

Both Louisville and Kansas State also have expressed interest in Hill, and Ivy League schools Princeton and Cornell have maintained regular contact with him.

Hill said he hopes his early exposure will help open doors for his LHS teammates.

"With me getting an offer, I'm hoping scouts will come out and see other guys, because we have a lot of great athletes on this team and a lot of really good football players," Hill said. "A coach might come to see me, and then someone else has a great game and gets noticed."

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