Central Catholic should be among the favorites to win a WPIAL championship in 2011, as they return a host of talented starters from its current junior class. Perry Hills was one of ten Central Catholic standouts who earned first-team all-conference this past season.
This past Monday, several of them were invited in for the Pitt-Syracuse basketball game. Hills has already taken a few unofficials to Pitt for some football games.
"It's great knowing Pitt is right there," Hills said. "I had never been to a basketball game, but (the coaches) wanted us to come down. We got to meet the coaches. It was a great game too.
"The atmosphere was great, the fans were great. The coaches like to have a good time; they jumped in the student section. I thought that was a pretty nice gesture on their part."
Hills said though he has had some contact with the coaching staff, it's a little too early to figure out if he's going to get an offer, or what kind of interest he'll get from the Panthers at this point. In addition to getting regular mail from the Pitt coaching staff, he has also gotten some letters of interest from Michigan State and N.C. State.
"I've been to all the Pitt home games, this was my first basketball game," Hills said. "I still get letters about Pitt, but no offers. I do have a lot of interest in wrestling from a lot of coaches, but for football, just handwritten letters. I can't wait for football again, though. That‘s what I want to do (in college)."
Hills is also a good friend of current Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri. He says having that friendship of someone from his high school who has been through the recruiting process, who is from his high school, and is a starting quarterback at a school he'd like to hear more from, has been pretty helpful to him this far.
"It's great knowing Tino and everything," Hills said. "He's told me about how to get my name out there, and how to watch my film to get to that Division I level. He's a nice guy. He tells me what's important. It's great. I'm glad to have him as a friend."
Before he gets back to football, Hills will turn his attention to wrestling. He currently wrestles in the 189-pound weight class, and has a record of 25-5 so far this season. He also told us he has been ranked as high as No. 7 in the country in his weight class, according to one publication. In wrestling, Hills has heard from schools such as Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Penn, Duke and Oklahoma.