June 10, 2013

Four star Hill talks Vols, timetable

Garden City, Kansas has produced plenty of top level talent that had to take the detour through Garden City Community College. Athlete Tyreek Hill is no different, and he is starting to see the rewards of his hard work.

"It's going good," Hill said of his recruitment. "It's just stressful because I want to find the right school, and that can be hard when there are some good schools to choose from. I've got 11 offers now and I'm just trying to find the best fit for me and my game."

One school to recently offer Hill is Tennessee. He is fully aware of the Vols' needs at the offensive skill positions and he believes he could help any school he chooses.

"Tennessee is a good school," Hill said. "I feel like I could go in and help right away. They want me to play slot, and I feel like my game is versatile enough to do things in the backfield and in the slot. They have started to recruit me harder, and I want to take a closer look at them."

At 5-foot-10 and just shy of 200 pounds, Hill is dynamic with the ball in his hands. He knows how to make positive plays happen and he's willing to do whatever it takes to make the big play.

"I feel like I make things happen with the ball in my hands," Hill said. "I'm also a good blocker, and I play physical for my size. People say I'm small, but I think I'm shifty. I have the power to run tough, but I also can get around people with my speed."

So what is important to Hill? He has his criteria, and it all starts with his work in the classroom. That's beneficial for Tennessee with the Vols having their best semester in the classroom in some time under new head coach Butch Jones.

"Academics are important to me," Hill said. "My parents are always pushing school and it's started to rub off on me. I also want a school that has a good track program because I'd like to do both at the school I choose. I feel like I can contribute as a sprinter."

Tennessee has a strong track tradition and Hill believes that both sports help him in different ways.

"I feel like track helps with my football speed," Hill said. "In return, I think football helps me focus coming out of the blocks like I'm coming out of my route. I know Tennessee has a good track program and has some history in that area."

So when will a decision take place for Hill? He doesn't plan on doing anything anytime soon, but he knows who to lean on during the process.

"I think I'll probably do it sometime in the middle of my season," Hill said. "I'll lean on my parents and grandparents to help me with my decision. I want them to know I'm safe at my next school and be comfortable with where I'm at."

Rivals.com ranks Hill as a 4-star all-purpose running back in the class of 2014.

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