Aggies recruiting Southlake Carroll QB Kenny Hill
January 10, 2012VYPE MAGAZINE - 7-5A
By David McNabb
As first-year Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin puts his coaching staff together, the Aggies are going after Southlake Carroll’s dual-threat quarterback Kenny Hill as a top recruiting target for the Class of 2013.
Hill showed throwing accuracy and running ability while leading Carroll to the Class 5A Division I state title at Cowboys Stadium in December. The 6-1, 200-pound projects as one of the nation’s top dula-threat quarterbacks in his class and A&M’s move to the Southeastern Conference means a quarterback with the ability to run against big, strong defenses is as important as passing.
The Aggies new coaching staff includes former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury and former Kansas offensive coordinator David Beaty, whose North Texas ties run deep with a coaching pedigree including as a Garland assistant under Joe Martin for the 1999 5A state title and being The Dallas Morning News’ Coach of the Year for his success at perennially downtrodden North Dallas before starting Beaty starting moving up the coaching ladder at Rice and Kansas.
Texas A&M coaches no doubt noticed Hill passing for 229 yards and rushing for 117 in the state final victory over a very athletic Fort Bend Hightower. Hill is expected to be ranked among Texas’ top college prospects for 2013 with Colleyville Heritage 6-5 quarterback Cody Thomas getting the nod as the top quarterback with his classic, size and NFL-like arm strength.
Hill became a starter midway through his sophomore season at Carroll. Hill is the son of former Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Hill. The quickly assembling A&M staff told SLC coaches last week they planned to offer Hill for the Class of ’13. Hill hadn’t received an offer from former A&M coach Mike Sherman who had an offer and commitment from 6-3, 190-pound Kohl Stewart of Houston St. Pius.
The younger Hill was SLC’s starter from the first snap of the season until the last and progressed greatly under Dragons coach Hal Wasson and Clayton George who have a long history of developing top quarterbacks. Hill passed for 3,006 yards with 25 touchdown passes and rushed for 1,383 yards and 24 touchdowns.
A&M, Texas Tech, Stanford and West Virginia have recruited Hill the most but A&M picked up intensity in the last week. Hill’s senior receiver Sabian Holmes switched his commitment to A&M to sign in February after having been committed to Baylor.