May 31, 2011

Flashes target PA quarterback

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Under first-year head coach Darrell Hazell and offensive coordinator Brian Rock, Kent State's offense will look much different than it has in the past.

But first, the Golden Flashes have to sign their quarterback of the future.

Early in the recruiting process, Hazell and his staff identified Pittsburgh, Pa., pro-style quarterback Perry Hills as one of its top targets.

The Golden Flashes were the first to offer the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder from Central Catholic High School. Buffalo and Akron quickly followed suit.

"The Kent State coaches said they were very interested and said they can see me as a three to four year starter," Hills said. "Their coaching staff has a great background coming from schools like Ohio State and Purdue."

Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Temple and West Virginia also have shown interest in Hills, who threw for nearly 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010.

"Maryland's QB coach evaluated me and also called and said they will be making a decision this coming week and the Pittsburgh QB coach called to make sure I'll be attending their camp so they can evaluate me along with WVU, Michigan State and Temple coaches," he said.

Already Hills has visited Kent State, Akron, Toledo, Eastern Michigan and Pittsburgh.

"Akron's athletic facilities were impressive," he said. "Both Kent State and Akron had an outstanding coaching staff."

At Central Catholic, Hills lines up under center on 80-percent of the offensive snaps, but he said he is comfortable in the shotgun.

While a school's offensive system certainly will weigh heavily in his decision, he's confident he can fit into any offensive scheme.

"It's important, but I have the speed and ability to run any offense," he said. "I usually throw from the pocket and occasionally on a roll out and I'll run it if I need to."

Hills is at his best when he can stand in the pocket and find a mismatch.

He's very accurate and proved it earlier this month at the Elite 11 camp at Penn State.

"I was voted QB MVP at the Nike camp and top 6 at Elite 11," he said. "Also, I received an accuracy award there, at the Elite 11."

Hills plans to camp at each of the three schools that have extend a scholarship offer. He hopes by spending more time with each coaching staff he'll be better prepared to make his college choice prior to the start of his senior season.

"I want to decide before summer is over so I can concentrate on my high school and hopefully winning a state title," he said.

At this point, Kent State and Akron are his early favorites.

"They are both closer to home and both have excellent coaching staffs," he said.

Hills also excels on the Central Catholic wrestling team.

He finished the 2010-11 season with a 49-7 record and a fourth place finish at 189 pounds in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state wrestling tournament.

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