It’s been over 20 years since the record was set, and finally a challenger has emerged. David Boston, the super talented freak of nature athlete at Ohio State, finished his collegiate career with 191 receptions, good for a school record.
Boston would become a top-10 pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, and would go on to lead the NFL in receiving yards in 2001. His school record for receptions has stood the test of many worthy opponents.
Ohio State is a factory of wide receiver talent, sending prospects such as Michael Thomas to the NFL. None of them have approached Boston’s school record for receptions.
That is, until KJ Hill returned to school for the 2019 season.
Hill first stepped on campus in 2015 when he was redshirted, but would post 18 receptions the following season as a redshirt freshman. Over the past two seasons, he produced over 120 combined receptions.
Hill flirted with the NFL this last offseason, almost joining Ohio State receiver counterparts Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon.
Hill ultimately returned to school for his redshirt senior season, already with 144 collegiate receptions.
Through three games this year, Hill has posted 13 receptions in three Buckeye victories. He’s officially 34 receptions away from tying Boston’s school record, on pace to break it sometime in the middle of this season.
Hill isn’t going to be the top-10 pick that some former Buckeyes have ascended to. But the senior seems destined to find his niche in the league.
The veteran wideout has a skillset that is predicated on fluidity, able to snap off his route or accelerate through breaks with ease. There’s a reason he’s gotten open so much in his collegiate career, part of which is his understanding of voids and space in defenses.
Hill works the best out of the slot, but has the size and skillset to suggest he can survive outside in the NFL. With his career production, athleticism and talent, he’s a legitimate top-100 draft pick even in the loaded 2020 receiver class.
Expect the storyline of Hill closing in on Boston’s school record to heat up as the season goes on, as well as Hill’s rising prospects with his high level of play this season.