The sixteenth in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of ’08: Running back Jeremy Hills.
Jeremy Hills Running back Alief Elsik 5-11/185/4.5 National Rank at RB: 25 Overall State Rank: 25 Star Rating: ****
An Inside Texas conversation with Alief Elsik head coach Bill Barron on Jeremy Hills:
Inside Texas: Coach Barron, who is Jeremy Hills? We’ve all seen the statistics, but who is Jeremy Hills the person?
Bill Barron: He’s a lot like Tony (Hills). He’s a whole lot like his brother. He’s a good person and a great leader. He’s someone who’ll lead by example and always to the right thing and is a great person for the program. I know Texas has a lot of positive influences, but he’s just another one who’ll provide that for the program. He’s a positive influence, he doesn’t go out and cause trouble or anything. He’ll be a great influence for the team, just like Tony was.
IT: He’s a lot like Tony in that, but he’s certainly the opposite in physical size.
Barron: That is right. They’re two totally different football players, but they have the same work ethic and both come from the same great family. Their mother has done a wonderful job raising them and they’ve done such a good job.
IT: So Jeremy has a strong base at home he can draw from?
Barron: Oh yes.
IT: What are his greatest strengths as a football player?
Barron: He can catch the ball well and run with it. He’s got great eyesight and vision and there’s no way to predict his moves. He’s going to be a big-time player.
IT: There are a lot of great players at Texas. What does he have that will separate him from his peers?
Barron: His character. He’s got great character and great work ethic and he’ll definitely be able to surpass all those who aren’t willing to work as hard as he is because he’s going to do it each and every day.
IT: What does he have to do to make that jump to the Division I level?
Barron: He’s done it. He’s absolutely done it because of his work ethic and that’s why he’s enrolled early and he’s already there.
IT: So his academics are strong enough to allow him to do that?
Barron: Oh yes. His GPA used to be a 2.9 and he worked hard and got it up over a 3.0 in the fall.
IT: What kind of a leader is he?
Barron: A very positive one. The best was the way he led by example. If he didn’t catch a ball and I said, ‘Do 100 push-ups,’ I’m just using that as an example, he’d drop down and do it without batting an eye. He’s just positive about everything he’s doing. I told Coach Brown that he’s not going to have to worry about Jeremy or what he’s doing after hours or anything like that at all. Tony was like that, too, and Jeremy will be a positive leader for Texas.
IT: Is there another Hills brother on the way or is Jeremy the last one?
Barron: He’s the last one, unfortunately. I asked their mother if she had anymore coming up but she said, “Nope. It’s over.” Too bad, too. We could always use more great kids like Tony and Jeremy. UT Signing Day Bio: An all-state selection who played both running back and wide receiver as a prepster … also saw action at cornerback … invited to play in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl but was unable to play due to other obligations … a member of Rivals top 250 national prospects and ranked as the sixth-best all-purpose back in the nation … named one of the state’s Top 10 running backs by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … a third-team member of Dave Campbell’s Super Team … tallied 3,413 yards and 42 TDs on 456 carries (7.5 ypc) during his three-year career … tabbed second-team 5A all-state by The Associated Press and third-team all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior … also earned all-district 18-5A honors … carried the ball 217 times for 1,567 yards (7.2 ypc) and 23 TDs … helped lead the Elsik Rams to a victory over rival Hastings with a career-high 26 carries for 257 yards and five TDs … earned all-district 18-5A honors and was named offensive MVP as a junior … recorded 181 carries for 1,328 yards (7.3 ypc) and 15 TDs … an all-district selection as a sophomore … posted 518 rushing yards on 58 attempts (8.9 ypc) and four TDs … also a three-time letterman in track and field … competed in the 100m (10.65), 200m (21.8), 4×100-meter relay, 4×200 and long jump … Born 9/17/89 in Dallas … moved to Houston shortly after he was born … full name is Jeremy Tyrone Hills … brother, Tony Hills, was an All-America LT at Texas (2003-07) … a prep honor roll student … two-time first-team academic all-district … was an active member of P.A.L. (Peer Assistance & Leadership) throughout high school … also volunteered at Health Bridge Children’s Hospital, Killough Middle School, Chancellor Elementary and Heflin Elementary … father, Michael Hills Sr., played WR at Arizona State … cousin, Alonzo Dotson, played DE at Oklahoma (2003-07) … enjoys playing basketball and video games.