Amp Hill likes what he hears from Saban

RECRUITING 2003

The LSU signing class of 2002 was a little short on receivers after Reggie Lewis of First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla. decommitted from the Tigers and signed with the Florida Gators.<br><br>Even though LSU lost out on Lewis, it appears the inroads coach Nick Saban and his assistants made at First Coast have paid big dividends for this year's class with one of the top receivers in the country, Anthony "Amp" Hill.

TheInsiders.com has Hill rated eighth in the nation among receiver prospects and he is seriously considering Baton Rouge for his new home over the next four or five years.

 

"I like what they do with their receivers at LSU year-by-year and they had the Biletnikoff winner last year," Hill said. "I think they feature the wide receiver in their offense well."

 

More than 20 schools have offered him a scholarship and he said his top five are Florida, LSU, Florida State, Southern California and Tennessee. He already has three of his official visits scheduled with a trip to Florida on Oct. 6, one to LSU on Nov. 18, and he will visit Florida State sometime in January.

 

The future prep All-American spent his summer trying to improve on the little things, and he attended some of the top football camps in the South to get that work.

 

It's not like he had a whole lot to improve on from his junior season when he hauled in 66 passes for 814 yards and six scores. Coaches at LSU, Florida, Florida State and Central Florida had an opportunity to see just how good he was up close and personal and none were disappointed.

 

Hill said he relished the chance to travel and fine-tune his game with the help of some of the top coaches in the country. He says a couple of camps and coaches stood out.

 

"I would have to say it would be between Florida and LSU for the best camp I went to," Hill said. "At the Florida camp we did a lot of one-on-one drills and coach (Dwayne) Dixon taught a lot. At LSU we had a lot of 7-on-7 going on and did a lot of drills they work on in practice."

 

One of the things that stands out to Hill about the LSU program is that Saban brought a championship back to Baton Rouge in only his second year at the helm. Hill expects he will bring more than a conference championship to the Capitol City in the near future, making the Tigers a very attractive choice to him.

 

However, maybe more important than anything else was the time Hill got to spend up close and personal with Saban over the summer.

 

"I think without a doubt he is a wonderful coach," Hill said. "We had a chance to sit down and talk one-on-one a few times and he was telling me a lot of good stuff about LSU. I think LSU is up there with the top programs in the country. I feel like coach Saban is on the road to winning a national championship at LSU in the next few years and that is something I want to be a part of."

 

Saban thinks so highly of Hill that he has gone as far as telling him that he could be as good as LSU's all-time best receiver Josh Reed.

 

"The coaches say I can go there and do the same things he did," Hill said. "Coach Saban told me that with my potential I could come in and be the third or fourth receiver early on. That is something everybody wants because nobody wants to have to sit and wait."

 

Another factor that will contribute to Hill's final decision is the chance to play with a top-notch quarterback who can deliver the ball to him. LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher is quickly becoming the most feared offensive-minded coach in the Southeastern Conference and has a knack for grooming good signal callers.

 

Fisher will have two good young guns in the future since LSU has obtained verbal commitments from Neville's Robert Lane, the third rated quarterback in the country, and Matt Flynn of Tyler, Texas, the 13th best passer according to TheInsiders.com.

 

Hill said he has followed Lane's recruitment and the thought of playing with a quarterback of his caliber is very enticing.

 

Some worry that when it comes down to the end of recruiting in February that Hill will choose to stay in home the Sunshine State, much l

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