Someone is going to have to take over when quarterback Johnny Manziel eventually goes to the NFL. Kenny Hill has an excellent chance to one day be the man in Aggieland. The state-champion signal-caller has the temperament, moxie and talent to start early, especially if surrounded by the filthy good talent the Aggies are assembling.
Hill was immediately targeted as a top priority by Coach Kevin Sumlin and then-OC Kliff Kingsbury from the moment the duo arrived in College Station a year ago. He was a ‘must get’ if ever there was one. Ironically, Kenny’s first scholarship offer came from newly-hired A&M quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital, who was at West Virginia at the time.
By signing the Southlake Carroll star, A&M adds a trigger man who is a perfect fit in one of the nation’s most wide open, fast-paced and explosive attacks. Kenny excels as a passer and runner. He’s probably the most accurate passer in Texas and is much further along than most high school quarterbacks at finding the open receiver and getting rid of the ball quickly. Hill’s familiarity with the Aggie offense will help ease his transition from SLC to A&M. He’s been pulling the strings for a nearly identical offense at Southlake the past three seasons.
In addition to having all the physical tools and system background, Hill possesses one key intangible that likely drew Sumlin and Spavital to him more than any other: He’s a winner. As a junior, Hill was as competitive as any football player I saw and played with a degree of poise not commonly seen in a high school athlete.
As a junior, the 6-1, 205-pounder was named Dallas Morning News Offensive Player of the Year, while leading the Dragons to the Class 5A state title, throwing for 3,006 yards and 25 touchdowns (versus just 9 INTs) on 243-of-386 passing. Hill also rushed for 1,383 yards and 24 TDs on 280 carries. In Southlake’s state title game victory over Hightower, Kenny accounted for 345 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.
Last fall, Hill was named Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year and 4-5A District MVP. He completed 205 of 306 passes for 3,369 yards and 27 TDs versus just 3 interceptions. He added 1,421 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns for an astounding 4,790 total yards and 60 TDs in his final season.
Kenny ultimately chose the Aggies over runners-up Baylor and Kansas State. He also held offers from Stanford, TCU and would have been offered by Texas had he not rebuked the Horns’ interest in late-January.
A legitimate two-sport star and the son of former major league pitcher Ken Hill, Kenny plans to play football and baseball at A&M.
Stats2010: 1,761 passing yards and 15 TD's; 435 yards rushing and 7 TD's
2011: 243-of-286 passing for 3,014 yards and 25 TDs with 9 INTs; 280 carries for 1,400 yards and 24 TDs
2012: 205-of-306 passing for 3,369 yards and 27 TDs with 3 INTs; 1,421 yards rushing and 33 TDs
Honors2010: 7-5A Offensive Newcomer of the Year; DFW All-Area Team Newcomer of the Year (Dallas Morning News)
2011: 7-5A Offensive MVP; DFW All-Area Offensive Player of the Year (DMN); 5A First Team All-State (TSWA)
2012: 2012 Texas Gatorade Player of the Year; 5A Offensive Player of the Year; 5A First Team All-State (AP); First Team Super Team (Star-Telegram); All-Area First Team (DMN); 4-5A District MVP; Parade All-American Honorable Mention (Sporting News)