14 K.J. Hill

K.J. Hill Ohio State
usaUnited States
North Little Rock, AR
High School
North Little Rock
Past Teams
Ohio State
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Post-OSU Update: K.J. Hill was selected in the seventh round (220th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft by the L.A. Chargers. He played 21 NFL games over two years, all with the Chargers, and made 10 catches for 103 yards. (updated: Feb. 2024)

Major: Communications (2017-19), Sport Industry (2016)

Weight: 195 (2019), 198 (2017-18), 200 (2016), 195 (2015)

2019 Media Guide: K.J. Hill, perhaps influenced by the outstanding fifth-year seasons – and subsequent early round NFL Draft selections – had by receivers Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin in 2018, will lead the Ohio State receiving corps as a fifth-year senior and a potential record-setting receiver … Hill’s receptions, yards and touchdown totals have increased every season and he enters 2019 needing just 48 receptions to break David Boston’s 20-year-old school record of 191 career receptions … his 1,696 receiving yards place him 17th in school history and within range of a Top 5
yardage total in school history … Hill has caught a pass in 34 consecutive games – the school record is 48 by Gary Williams between 1979-82 – dating to the 2016 game against Northwestern … has played in 39 games with four starts … was named honorable mention all-Big Ten in 2018 after a 70-catch season, for 885 yards and six touchdowns … set career high with 187 receiving yards – the eighth-highest total in school history – and two touchdowns, off nine receptions, in the win over Minnesota … also scored touchdowns last year in wins against TCU, Penn State, Maryland and Michigan.

2018 Media Guide: K.J. Hill is not only a tough receiver and a veteran receiver, but he is also the leading receiver on the team with 74 career catches and 811 receiving yards … a fourth-year performer with junior eligibility, Hill has played in 25 games the past two seasons and has started four times … he is coming off a fine sophomore campaign when he led the team in receptions with 56 and was second in yards with 549 … he led all the receivers last year with 10 game “champion” honors, as determined by the OSU coaching staff, including following the huge wins vs. Penn State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game … had a career-best 12 receptions – the fourth-highest total in school history – and 102 receiving yards in the dramatic, come-from-behind win over Penn State … this coming one week after his previous career bests with seven receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the win at Nebraska … dependable, Hill also was the team’s primary punt returner with 26 returns for 144 yards (5.5 average).

2017 Media Guide: K.J. Hill is a third-year receiver in the Ohio State program who is a sophomore in eligibility … he red-shirted the 2015 season and then had a productive 2016 campaign, just missing a 20-catch season but leading the Ohio State receivers (10 or more catches) with a 14.6 yards-per-reception average … he played in 11 of 13 games in 2016, missing two with an ankle injury … Hill caught the first touchdown pass of the 2016 season, and on his first catch as a collegian, with a 47-yard reception from J.T. Barrett in the opener against Bowling Green … he leads all returning Buckeye
receivers in catches over 20 yards with four.

2016: Hill had a fine first season on the playing field, catching 18 passes for 262 yards and one touchdown … finished season with receptions in final six games, including five for 66 yards against
Nebraska and five for 62 yards the following week against Maryland … had over 300 plays on the season and earned his first Varsity O letter.

2016 Media Guide: K.J. Hill is coming off a red-shirt season in 2015, a season in which he came close to getting playing time for a team star-studded at receiver and with three of those players now in the NFL … Hill had a hand-injury this spring, but still competed in spring drills while wearing a cast.

High School: Another who revealed his selection of school on national signing day, K.J. Hill is a consensus 4-star receiver who was named a U.S. Army All-American after an outstanding senior season for coach Brad Bolding … Hill helped the Charging Wildcats to an 11-2 season and to the second round of the Arkansas state 7A playoffs, catching 58 passes for 1,023 yards and 11 touchdowns plus rushing for 386 yards and seven more scores … he had 63 catches for 1,143 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior as North Little Rock advanced to the state playoffs … the No. 1 player in the state, Hill was also considered a Top 20 receiver with a No. 16 rating by ESPN and 247Sports and a No. 18 rating by Rivals … was rated among the Top 150 players in the nation by all the rating services, including No. 153 on the
ESPN 300 … advanced to the 7-on-7 finals at The Opening this summer … a highly regarded basketball player as well.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLostKRKR YdsKR AvgKR TDPRPR YdsPR AvgPR TD
2016Ohio State1100000NA1826214.6147000166.000000
2017Ohio State144210.50NA565499.8329021615025.00261445.50
2018Ohio State1401-3-3.00NA7088512.6642021144.0014765.40
2019Ohio State149111.00NA5763611.2105301000005387.60