Top recruit staying with Texas A&M

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on February 5, 2013 at 4:07 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 1:42 PM

SOUTHLAKE — Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill is a dual sport athlete who has a tough time choosing his favorite game.

"Whenever its football season, I like football more," Hill said. "When its baseball season, I like baseball more."

On Wednesday, he'll be signing a national letter of intent to play not just baseball, but football at Texas A&M.

As a high school quarterback, he'll be joining a team that's already home to a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

Hill committed to the Aggies before the beginning of last summer and before Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, so Hill had to do some reevaluating. In the end, he stuck with his original decision of Texas A&M.

"I was committed through the whole summer, the whole year and then, I was still committed and stuff, but I started looking around," Hill said. "It's been crazy."

Crazy because he didn't expect to have to compete against a Heisman winner.

That's when his father, former Rangers pitcher Ken Hill, told his son to step back, evaluate the big picture, and then make his own decision.

"They kind of told me what they thought was better for me and what was worse for me, but ultimately, they left it up to me," Hill said. "They're 100 percent behind me.

Hill led Southlake Carroll to a state championship in 2011 and reached the state quarterfinals last year. He's a dual threat quarterback, which has college coaches wanting him that much more.

"If he's not the best quarterback in the country, it doesn't take long to call roll," said Southlake Carroll head coach Hal Wasson. "As you watched the Super Bowl last night, when those guys can extend plays, it makes you so much more of a hot commodity, and Kenny is definitely one of those guys who can extend plays."

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