August 3, 2006

Electric athlete loves Spurrier

Bradenton (Fla.) Palmetto athlete Joseph Hills is the No. 45 overall prospect in the Sunshine State this year, and the 6-foot-4, 200-pound star is interested in several programs.

"I like schools like Michigan State, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Louisville, and South Carolina," Hills said. "I haven't really taken many visits yet. I've been to Michigan State, and I went to camp at Florida. That's about it."

Hills, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds, enjoyed his trip to Michigan State.

"I liked their campus. It's really big and nice. I also met a lot of their current players, and they made me feel at home. I also know a couple of guys from my hometown that play up there."

South Carolina is a newcomer to his list, and they have a shot to move up his quickly.

"Man, I would love to play for Steve Spurrier," Hills said. "I've been following him since his days at Florida, and I love his offense. It would be a great fit for me."

Hills, who bench presses 250 pounds, also finds Florida appealing.

"Florida is close to home, and they have a great fan base. Almost all of my coaches at my school went to Florida, and they tell me a lot of good things about that program."

Florida State rounds out the list of schools Hills commented on.

"I'm from a Florida State family, so I kind of grew up a Florida State kid. I've watched them play a lot growing up."

Hills, who claims a 36-inch vertical leap, will base his decision on several factors.

"I don't want to play football my whole life, so academics will be a big thing for me. I'll also look at the graduation rates, and the number of players each school sends to the NFL. Fan support is also big for me. If you don't have great fans, you can't get hyped to play. I'll probably make my decision later in the process, maybe even on signing day."

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