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Tyreek Hill's decision came down to a number of factors, not the least of which was a desire to make "people look silly." And, hey, in recruiting you take whatever works.
The Garden City (Kan.) Community College star isn't referring to the other coaches that recruited him when he delivers the line as part of his explanation of why he chose Oklahoma State. Instead, he's talking about defensive backs. Mike Gundy's coaching staff promised to line him up in the slot and get him the ball in space. And, as it turns out, that went a long way.
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"I like getting the ball thrown to me in the flat and getting one-on-one," Hill said. "I like space. I like making people look silly. I'm all about that. Oklahoma State's offense is good for that."
If that's the goal, he certainly has the speed to accomplish it. Hill won Georgia 5A state titles in both the 100 and 200 meters as a high school senior in 2012. His personal best time of 20.14 seconds in the 200 missed the all-time high school record by only one hundredth of a second. When you know that, it's obvious why he views the Pokes' offense as the perfect fit.
Hill, who says he will play exclusively wide receiver at Oklahoma State, talks a lot about Cowboy receivers past. He mentions Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon. Tradition and style of play are what sold Hill on Stillwater. The line about making people look silly is just the window dressing.
"It's just perfect there," Hill said. "I like the way they want to use me. I like everything about that offense."
Hill's decision came quickly and without much advanced warning. His original plan was to wait until December to choose a school, but after consideration he decided to get things over with now. According to him, he just stopped seeing the point of waiting.
"I called Oklahoma State last night and told them I was going to commit today," Hill said. "They were like, 'ok, cool. Just call around 4:30.' I just called them and they have me on the board."
Today's conversation was exactly what Hill expected. There were some formalities and some discussion of his role in the offense. There was also some celebration.
"They were fired up," Hill said. "I could hear everyone in the background. I'm fired up, they're fired up and my family is fired up. It's going to be a real good experience for all of us."
Hill visited Oklahoma State on an unofficial visit in the offseason and plans to return for an official visit at the conclusion of his junior college career. He chose the Cowboys over offers from USC, Alabama, Florida State and others. He will graduate from Garden City in December and join OSU for spring practice.