Recruit to watch: WR Amp Hill

Recruit to watch: WR Amp Hill

WeAreSC caught up with big time receiver Amp Hill, out of First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Florida. The super prospect has a Top-5 and has set up a few visits. Where do the Trojans stand?

Hill is regarded as being perhaps the top wide-out in Florida this year. With prototypical size (6'3, 200lbs), speed (4.47 forty), and big-play ability, he has a reputation for doing pretty much everything well. "I like going across the middle and stretching the field deep," he said. "I feel like I can do it all. I run a precise route. I feel like I have good speed and I can take it to the house from anywhere onthe field." As a junior, Hill put up impressive statistics with 66 receptions, 814 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Although his team hasn't faired so well this season, his strong individual play has continued, "We had a Kickoff Classic game against Lake City Columbia last Friday," he explained. "We lost that game 15-6. I had like 3 catches for 70 yards and a 67 yard touchdown. We lost in overtime by one point this last Friday in our first regular season game against Terry Parker High School. I finished with about 4 catches, 70 yards, and a touchdown."

As one can imagine, Hill has offers from coast to coast and has a Top-5 of "Florida, Florida State, LSU, Tennessee, and USC," with Florida, Florida State, and LSU leading right now. Coaches from all over have called within the past week including from each of his favorites and he's already set up a few official visits, "I have Tennessee on the 21st of September, LSU on the 18th of October, and Florida State in the first week of January sometime. I'm also going to visit Florida and I was thinking about taking an unofficial to Southern California. It's still up for grabs because I'm supposed to be playing in a Florida-California all star game." Hill plans on taking his time in reaching a decision and he has a few factors that he'll take into account, as he explained, "Early playing time, a good coaching staff, a pass oriented offense, and just a school that's strong in what I want to major in, Computer Engineering."

The Trojan staff will obviously be fighting for that last visit, but one thing they do have in their favor is the coach recruiting Hill, Lane Kiffin, "I've been talking to Coach Kiffin," said Hill. "Me and him, we have a good relationship. He seems like a good, nice coach. Somebody I could play for. He talked to me about coming to play in the Pac-10, because when you play in the Pac-10 at the wide receiver position, they have that one wide receiver that's the man on the team, and he was talking about me coming in and being the man. I also talked to Coach Carroll. I like his style too." Hill also had an opportunity to watch the Trojans face Auburn in the nationally televised Monday night game and he liked what he saw, "Yeah, I got to watch it," he said. "I think SC had a pretty good showing that night. They did a lot of good things. I like how they were throwing it around."

Of his three leaders at this point, Hill noted:

Florida- "Obviously, just what they do for wide receivers year by year, as far as sending them to the league, and just the system they have for wide receivers, and the history of wide receivers going there."

Florida State- "They have great coaches and they're also known for their wide receivers. Pretty much the same."

LSU- "They actually had the Biletnikoff award winner last year. I was thinking I could go there and do the same."

Hill, who is also a stand-out shooting guard on his high school basketball team, spent most of the summer improving his football skills at various team camps, "I went to four camps this summer. LSU, Florida, Florida State, and Central Florida," he explained.  "We did a lot of seven-on-seven's, one-on-one drills, and the different wide receiver coaches showed us a lot of different things they do in practice. It worked out pretty good. I learned a lot." Hill also spent time in the weight room and has a max of 225 pounds on bench and 395 pounds on squat.

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