EARLY — Early Longhorn senior Ryan Hill on Wednesday afternoon signed a national letter of intent to run track for Tarleton State University.

Hill, the District 6-3A champion in the boys 800 meters, selected Tarleton over Abilene Christian University and Angelo State University.

“It felt like home and I'm a homebody,” Hill said. “It's closer to home than the other colleges that I was thinking about going to. It felt like the right decision.”

Hill will compete for Early in the 5-3A/6-3A area meet at Jim Ned on April 18 after running a district-winning 2:03.41 time in the 800 meters at Dublin on April 6. Hill also finished second in the 400 meters in a time of 54.56.

As for his future at Tarleton, Hill said he has been told he will likely compete in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters.

“I just want to do a good job and make a name for myself,” Hill said of his goals at Tarleton, where he will major in criminal justice.

Hill has made three state appearances in cross country where he placed 21st with a time of 16:51.22 in the Class 3A boys run earlier this school year, 22nd in 2016 in a time of 16:44.01 and 96th in 2015 in a time of 18:34.22.

While he has not yet achieved that accolade in track, Hill hopes to advance to Austin in the next few weeks.

“We'll see this year,” Hill said. “I plan to win area and get out of regionals, that's for sure.”