When Tyreek Hill was being recruited out of community college, he received a dozen offers from perennial Division I programs across the country.
Included on that list: Florida State.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher was ready to offer Hill a scholarship after he totaled 1,191 rushing and receiving yards and 11 touchdowns last season as a sophomore at Garden City Community College (Kansas).
Hill was recruited by FSU’s Tim Brewster, who is among the nation’s top recruiters, and even took an official visit to Tallahassee in July 2013.
“Tyreek is an outstanding player,” Fisher said during a teleconference Thursday. “He can play receiver, he can play running back, is a return guy and is very dynamic when he gets his hands on the ball. He can do great things.”
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy also spoke on Hill, and remarked at how humble he’s been, even after breaking several Big 12 track meet records this spring.
“It’s not always easy for a track (athlete) to make the adjustment to football,” Gundy said. “Up to this point, I’m very impressed with him as a person.”
GUNDY HAS COACHED AGAINST FSU BEFORE
This isn’t the first time Gundy has coached against the Seminoles.
Gundy was an offensive assistant for the Maryland football team from 1997 to 2000. Even then, he said FSU was a step above many other ACC offenses.
“It was my first time being outside of the Big 12,” Gundy said. “And when we played (FSU), they were considerably different athletically than other teams that were in that league.”
WIDE RECEIVERS WORKING TO CATCH ’50-50’ BALLS
The OSU wide receivers worked for about two hours Thursday in full pads; the Cowboys’ seventh practice of fall camp.
Receivers coach Jason Ray was asked what he’d like to see out of the position group before the season opener.
“From the receiving core, just continuing to catch the ball consistently and make sure we make those tough catches,” Ray said. “Right now, it's easy for us to catch the ball when there isn't anybody draped on us, but we've got to make those tough catches and make those catches that we call '50-50 balls,' where you're going up against a defender and you've got to come down with it. So, finishing plays and making those tough catches. When we do that, we'll be a pretty good unit. We've got to continue to get better.”