Since last summer, Fairview’s prolific passing tandem of quarterback Anders Hill and receiver Sam Martin never wavered from the shared thought that they would wait to sort through their respective recruiting situations until after the season.
That time has come.
While the sting of Saturday’s loss against Valor Christian in the Class 5A state title game likely will linger, Martin and Hill soon will turn their attention to a recruiting trail that has been a winding one for each athlete.
Martin, who finished the 2013 season with the state’s single-season records for receptions and receiving yards, has never expressed flat-out frustration at the interest he’s drawn, yet one gets the sense the senior is unsure why his gaudy career numbers have not led to solid, big-time offers.
According to the scouting site rivals.com, the 6-foot-3 Martin has received offers from FCS-type schools such as Northern Colorado and Eastern Washington.
“There’s not much right now,” said Martin, who also ended his career ranked second on the state’s all-time lists for career receptions and receiving yards. “I don’t really have any idea where I’m going to end up. I just really don’t have any idea right now.”
Hill’s current status in limbo is a little more understandable, given the leg injury that thwarted his junior season and made his senior campaign the only one in which he was the Knights’ full-time starter. He finished the 2013 season with 3,878 passing yards — the fourth-best single-season total in state history, trailing the 3,936 yards compiled by former Fairview star Taylor Tharp in 2002.
Perhaps more impressively, Hill completed 66.4 percent of his passes in coach Tom McCartney’s wide-open attack and threw only 10 interceptions in 426 attempts.
“I’m just still keeping my options open,” Hill said. “I told myself I’d give it to the end of the season before I started focusing on that. I’ve been putting all my effort into my team. Now that it’s over, we’ll see what happens.”
Hill has enlisted the help of Tharp, the leader of the Knights’ 2002 state runner-up team who currently is a graduate assistant at Texas, in his recruiting endeavors.
“I’ve just been helping him with some of his video, trying to help him get his name out there,” Tharp said. “My message to him and coach Mac has been to stay patient. At the end of the season all sorts of things get shaken up. Coaches move do different schools, and maybe someone like him who’s been a bit overlooked suddenly gets looked at all over again. I definitely think he can play at the Division I level.”
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