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Wildwood High School graduate Wes Hills, who just completed a record-setting season at Division II Slippery Rock, has accepted an invitation to play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl in January. (photo from Slippery Rock University athletics website)

Wildwood High School graduate Wes Hills holds the trophy after being named MVP of the NLFPA Collegiate Bowl, a senior all-star game held after the 2018 season.


Wildwood High School graduate Wesley Hills is working out with an NFL team this weekend.

Hills, a running back who played at Division II Slippery Rock University last fall, is participating in the Seattle Seahawks’ rookie mini camp this weekend. The camp began Friday and runs through Sunday.

Hills could not be reached for comment early Saturday afternoon.

A total of 68 players, including 11 players who were selected by the team in the 2019 NFL Draft last weekend, are participating in the rookie mini camp. Workouts are being held at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, the Seahawks’ practice facility and headquarters located just outside Seattle.

Hills became an NFL prospect after a prolific season at Slippery Rock, where he set a single-season program record with 1,714 rushing yards while scoring 17 touchdowns.

He went on to earn MVP honors at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after rushing 10 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. That performance earned him an invite to the Senior Bowl, in which Hills ran for 22 yards on his first carry before suffering an injury and leaving the game on the next play.

Numerous reports prior to the NFL Draft indicated that Hills had a good chance of being selected but he went undrafted before agreeing to the tryout contract with the Seahawks.

Hills played three seasons at FCS Delaware prior to Slippery Rock. He averaged 8.1 yards per carry as a freshman before running for 952 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore. He was granted a medical redshirt after suffering an injury in the first game of his junior year but returned the following season to average 8.3 yards per carry while scoring seven touchdowns.

As a high school player at Wildwood, Hills set Cape May County records with 2,107 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior. The 2012 graduate was also a standout in basketball and track.