Tyreek Hill has offers from Florida State and Alabama, but he wants one from the Oregon Ducks.
You can't teach speed: in a game against Butler Community College last fall, Hill was the leading rusher and leading receiver, with a 69-yard touchdown catch. (broncobusters.com photo)
The 5-9, 186-lb. running back from Garden City Community College in Kansas has been timed in 9.98 (wind-aided) in the 100 meters. As high school track star he ran the 200 in 20.14, the second fastest time in national prep track history.
De'Anthony Thomas, proclaimed "the fastest man in college football" by Sports Illustrated, has personal bests of 10.31 and 20.61 in the same events.
Hill's high school football coach Ken Eldridge told Dave Krider of Maxpreps that at one point in his senior season Hill was scoring every 4th time he got the ball. "If you want to see how good of a competitor a kid is, put him in the weight room," Eldridge said, "He hates to lose. A kid benched 310 pounds. He just jumps up there and ends up getting 315. He can squat 500 and power clean 315. He's nothing but one muscle."
Hill is a two-sport star who wants to go to a school with a great track program. His high school and JC times would dominate in the sprints for Oregon coach Robert Johnson. A USA Today All-American in track, he told Rob Cassidy of rivals.com, "I want a place I can call home, It has to have a good track program and a good football program. It also has to be somewhere that my parents can trust me to be, so they won't be worried about me. It has to have a good education program and all that."
He's also run wind-legal times of 10.14 and 10.25, in national and international competition. The Georgia speedster says he hasn't been timed in the 40 since junior year of high school, but that he ran a 4.28.
Last year as a freshman for the Broncobusters, Hill carried the ball 66 times for 389 yards and 3 tds, a 5.9-yard average. He also caught 35 passes for 713 yards and 5 more tds.
Here's a look at his high school highlight film, at Coffee Country High School in Douglas, Georgia:
The DAT-faster scatback is in communication with the Oregon coaches, and says he wants to schedule an official visit.
[Note: this article originally appeared as part of a twice- weekly scouting report DSH does for Duck Sports Authority, a pay site specializing in Oregon Recruiting.]
The thing I enjoy most about this highlight tape besides the energizer bunny that shoots out of the backfield on the first play, is the fact ANYTIME he gets tackled he is pissed and jumps up and down because he knows he can score every time he gets the ball. Sure he dances around a lot but he's only a sophomore!!! He's got time to develop vision and decision making but a kid this fast who wants a spread offense and a track program needs to get locked up fast by MH. I know Oregon usually takes its time with offers and can't just offer everyone but we are going to need another TAZR in the ranks down the line. Aside from recruiting news has anybody heard what happened to Tyner? I don't like the way it sounds....
66 carries for 389 yards and three TD's? 0.o
Is that a typo, or does fast not equate with scoring ability? He ran 1000 yards in the first minute of the video, but it was all sideways. If someone points him to the end zone in his sophomore year, he might get a few more offers.
Oregon has to look attractive to a kid from Kansas. He will be a junior should he come to Oregon and will want to play. How about a backfield and taser of Tyreek, Thomas Tyner, Byron Marshall and Royce Freeman? We would be leaning to a Run First offense again.
He not only has speed but belly fire. He doesn't go down easily and is always focused on the goal line. He has practically every big name school trying to suck him in. He wants a school with an outstanding track program. Looks like a perfect fit for the spread offense. We've got to have Tyrell, Tyree, Tyner and Tyreek playing for the Ducks. (Thanks to Duckbill below) MH, OFFER TYREEK NOW PLEASE!
@Duckbill Bad, bad news about Tyner.
@mtallia MT, Tyreek Hill is a junior college sophomore, so he has less time to develop. Tyner is in crutches and a boot, which sounds like an ankle.
@zduckfan Z, he also plays in the slot, a TAZR role. 35 catches for 713 yds, more than 20 yards a catch.
@SonomaDuck Tyreek is from Georgia!
@SonomaDuck SD, Hill has pretty good hands, a natural in the TAZR role. If the Ducks don't land Tony James of Florida Tyreek would be an intriguing addition to the running back rotation. Incredibly fast even by Oregon standards. Don't forget, those are track times, with true electronic timing.
@duckified There's a reason they haven't offered him. Not sure what that might be and won't speculate, but Oregon is pretty good about extending offers to kids they believe have a sincere interest in the program with the ability to maintain eligibility and fit into the culture.
It takes more than speed to be a Duck.
@duckified Jerry Allen just pulled his tongue. What if they all played on the kick return team?
@Duckbill Those are truly the Ty's that bind.
Aye, that's not bad I suppose. Maybe I'm just spoiled by DAT with 2 carries for 150 yards and 2 scores, or a TD every 8.5 touches. Not really sure why Hill's numbers aren't jumping out at me. He looks good. Any time you can make football look like 11 men trying to catch a greased pig, you're doing something right.
@Duckbill @Dale Newton @zduckfan Joltin' Joe Walker was a full qualifier out of high school and has four years to play three at Oregon, His issue was not grades but injuries: he had a shoulder injury as a high school senior and was a late bloomer physically. He sat out a year of football, hit the weights, got bigger and stronger and had a terrific year of JC ball at Los Angeles Harbor.
Every kid's story is different. The Ducks have had some notable success with JC transfers like Zac Clark, Reuben Droughns and James Finley, Blair Phillips was another one. Ike Remington, Ryan Clanton and Kyle Long made solid contributions.
I posted a profile of Hill because he has intriguing talent in two sports. Not every prospect pans out. But with this kind of raw, unadulterated speed, he has a far bigger upside than Lane Roseberry can ever dream of.
@zduckfan Nothing Fishy there are plenty of top athletes that go the JUCO route!
The statement, "a place my parents can trust me" seems to stand out... That, and he's in a JC. Why? I haven't researched it yet, but a kid like that would have been heavily recruited out of high school, especially a kid who's good in two sports. Something smells fishy, that's all I'm saying.