Pittsburgh Central Catholic QB Perry Hills issues oral declaration to Maryland
Written by: Josh Funk on Saturday, June 11th, 2011
The first of Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s potential Division-1 football prospects has made a decision where he will be continuing his football career.
Perry Hills, a 6’3, 200-pound senior-to-be for the Central Catholic Vikings, issued an oral declaration to the University of Maryland today, according to national recruiting service Scout.com. Hills marks the second WPIAL quarterback the Atlantic Coast Conference representative Terrapins have landed in the last half decade, joining former Seneca Valley dual-threat field general C.J. Brown.
Including the Terrapins, Hills possessed six verbal scholarship offers, mostly from Mid-American Conference representatives. Hills’ offers included Akron, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (OH) and FCS representative Old Dominion. Hills also received interest, but no offers, from other Division-1 programs like Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Temple, Toledo and West Virginia, according to Scout and national recruiting service Rivals.com.
Scout.com ranked Hills as a three-star prospect and the #43 quarterback in the nation in the 2012 recruiting class, and is one of four Keystone State athletes ranked among Scout’s top 50 quarterbacks in the nation this class, joining Blake Rankin (Bloomsburg Area), Brendan Nosovitch (Allentown Central Catholic) and Skyler Morhninweg (St. Joseph’s Prep).
Hills’ ability to stretch defenses as a legitimate passing threat has given the Vikings an added dimension to its offense the program has not enjoyed since the days of Tino Sunseri (2005-’07, 3,500 career passing yards).
He assumed the reins of Central Catholic’s pro-I offense halfway through the 2009 season with the Vikings stuck with a 3-2 overall record. He registered a five-game winning streak, leading the Vikings to the WPIAL AAAA quarterfinals opposite Woodland Hills, connecting on 33-of-63 passes (52.3 percent) for 510 yards and six touchdowns. Hills was even better as a junior, throwing for 1,582 yards and 10 touchdowns while completing 83-of-154 passes (53.8 percent), leading PCC to an 11-1 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AAAA semifinals.
For his career, Hills has thrown for 2,092 yards and 16 touchdowns, completing 53.4 percent of his passes (116-of-217). Depending on the length of Central Catholic’s 2011 season, Hills has an outside chance at reaching the 4,000-yard passing mark for his career, which would make him the second 4,000-yard passer in program history (Bob Tudi threw for 4,885 yards from 1999-2001).
Hills owns a career varsity starting record of 16-2 (.889), including a record of 3-2 (.600) in the playoffs. With his hands firmly on the reins of the Vikings’ offense over the team’s last 18 games, Central Catholic has averaged 29.9 points per game.
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