One of Ohio State’s most talented offensive players is returning for the 2019 season.
K.J. Hill, the Buckeyes’ second-leading receiver last year, announced via Twitter that he’ll be returning to Columbus for his senior season. His announcement comes a day after fellow receiver Binjimen Victor’s decision to come back for the 2019 season.
“I have decided to take one last ride with my brothers, my coaches, and you, Buckeye Nation!” Hill wrote. “I’m ready to help lead us to another national championship. I will be returning for my senior year.”
— KMFJ (@KayJayHill) January 8, 2019
Hill tallied 68 receptions this season for 865 yards and six touchdowns as the Buckeyes finished the year 13-1, winning the B1G title and the Rose Bowl. All year, Hill was one of the top performers in a high-powered passing attack.
Hill has been a factor in Ohio State’s offense each of the last two seasons. Last year, he totaled 549 yards and three touchdowns on 56 receptions. He’s also been involved in the punt return game for the Buckeyes each of the last two years.
The Buckeyes are losing three of their top four receivers from the 2018 season, with Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon all departing. That makes Hill’s decision to return even more significant for Ryan Day, as he prepares for his first season as head coach.
While there are some talented receivers coming to Ohio State next fall, Hill will likely have a dominant role in the offense.