Despite gaudy yardage and touchdowns in the first three games, junior running back Jeremy Hills from Alief (Texas) Elsik is looking for more than just a loaded stat sheet.
His team is off to an 0-3 start, but Hills says that he sees this group getting better each week. Two of their losses, to Houston (Texas) Westside and Aldine (Texas) Nimitz were just one-point wins for the opposing team. His 585 yards, 7.6 yards per carry average, and eight scores doesn't mean much if they're not getting the wins, he says.
"We're being coached by the greatest coaches you can have, we start district this Friday, and we're turning into a close knit group," Hills said. "When it's game time this Friday, you're going to see a different result."
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That district opener will be against Alief Hastings. Even though he's on track to rush for well over 1,000 yards on the year over the next seven regular season games, Hills says it's of little importance right now.
"We're putting up points and yeah I've rushed the ball for a lot of yards, but if it's not enough to win, it's not good enough," Hills said.
Hills says that recruiting has started fast. Though he's yet to receive his first official scholarship offer, mail has been coming in heavily from Miami, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas, and Southern Mississippi to name a few.
"I'm trying to keep all that stuff in the off-season," Hills said. "Right now, I'm concentrating on going out there and trying to win."
Hills' brother, Tony Hills who plays offensive tackle for Texas, is going to be a big part of his recruiting process along with the rest of his family and his pastor. However, Hills says that it's not about just following him to school though.
"When it's my time next year to make a decision, I'm going to sit down with all of those people who I trust and see what the best place to go would be," he said. "Tony wouldn't be at Texas when I would get there anyway. I've thought about going there where he went though, but then I don't know."
Hills is currently listed fourth in the 5A classification for rushing yards and third in total touchdowns.