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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Hilliman postpones Michigan, OSU visits

By Chantel Jennings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Running back Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep) has decided to postpone trips to Michigan, Ohio State, North Carolina and Georgia to May.

“I want to focus on my ACT’s and SAT’s coming up,” Hilliman said. “I have a lot of things coming up and things that I have to do. There’s a lot on my plate right now.”

Hilliman said he hopes the delayed visits wouldn’t change his whole timeline. He still plans to release a top 10 on April 1 and a top five on September 1. He wants to take all five official visits and make his final decision on signing day.

It would’ve been Hilliman’s first visit to both Michigan and Ohio State, but even so, he said both schools (as well as UNC and Georgia, which were both postponed), have a good chance of making it into his top 10.

“Michigan has always been one of the top schools in my opinion,” Hilliman said of the Wolverines. “The fact that they were one of the first schools to offer me is good.”

But Ohio State has also impressed the 2014 running back.

“What they were able to do this year is phenomenal,” Hilliman said of the Buckeyes. “They have a phenomenal football program. I’m excited to learn more about the academic side, do some more research.”

The 2014 running back gained interest from major colleges during his junior campaign -- a season that saw him rush for 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns. Coaches were impressed with his speed and ability to hit the hole.

Hilliman said he has gotten in touch with most of the coaches whose visits he had to postpone and that they were all understanding and appreciative of the fact that there were other things he needed to spend time focusing on right now.

He knows this means he’ll have to fit more visits and trips into his summer plans, but he’s not worried about how busy those few months will be. Instead, he’s looking at it as an opportunity to focus on school now and his recruitment then.

“Universities aren’t going anywhere, I’ll be able to see them during the summer when I have less to do,” Hilliman said. “[My family and I] agreed that would be the best time to go out, branch out and see what I need to see to make the best decision.”