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Cris Hill ‘s best game last season came in one of his team’s biggest. In the first round of the playoffs, Hill, who returned a kick-off for a touchdown in the game, led Highland Springs on a valiant effort against favored Meadowbrook in the opening round of the playoffs. Though his squad fell short by a score of 23-21, Hill and his teammates can take a lot from the experience.
“I look forward to more of that my senior year,” Hill said of his performance in the Meadowbrook game. He also made several big runs on sweeps and hauled in a crucial catch. “I just had to let it all out in that playoff game. I think my senior year is going to be my most productive year.”
The 5-11, 175-pound Hill will be one of the leaders for next year’s team. A jack-of-all-trades type of player, he catches passes and runs the ball from the wide receiver position, plays cornerback on defense and is the team’s return man as well.
“In the beginning of the season last year we had a lot of young guys, so we had to gel in and find our comfort level,” Hill said. “It turned out pretty good. We have almost all our offense coming back and we have our entire secondary coming back. I think we’re going to be pretty good this year because we have the experience.”
Speed and athleticism are Hill’s primary strengths at this point, though he is working on getting stronger and adding more weight for next season.
“The thing that stands out initially is his speed and the fact that he does everything so effortlessly,” Highland Springs head coach Scott Burton said of Hill, who is running track right now. “He’s just very smooth.”
Hill’s recruitment has really picked up over the past month or so. And, with official offers coming in yesterday from Michigan and Tennessee, he now holds 11 written scholarship offers.
“It’s been pretty good,” Hill said of the recruiting process. “It hasn’t been overwhelming yet. I’m just taking it slow. I’m probably going to narrow down my list at the beginning of the summer time and probably take a couple [unofficial] visits. I think I’m going to take some official visits before I make my decision.”
Right now, Hill is giving every school a chance.
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