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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Jersey RB Hilliman plans several visits

By Jared Shanker

With more than two dozen offers, Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) has the attention of schools all over the country. He knows some point over these next few months he will have to begin whittling his list down.

“I’ll probably take a few more visits, [cut out] the schools -- no disrespect -- I don’t see myself at,” Hilliman said. “I haven’t narrowed it down yet but I do have certain schools in mind.”

The 6-foot-1, 202-pound running back visited Maryland for its junior day Saturday. His next visit will come Feb. 23 when he travels to Penn State. In March, he will follow those trips up with visits to Notre Dame (Mar. 23) and Ohio State (Mar. 30).

The Fighting Irish have not offered Hilliman, but he has been in contact with area recruiter Bob Diaco.

“He came up about a week ago and we were talking about recruiting and I’m closing in on a scholarship and the importance of getting up for a visit,” Hilliman said.

Hilliman wants to see several more schools in the near future, too, naming Alabama, Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee, USC and Vanderbilt. The Crimson Tide and Trojans have not offered among those schools.

USC, however, just began recruiting Hilliman, who said rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior.

“I got 13 handwritten letters in the coaches’ office yesterday, just them talking about the skills camp to attend, junior days, visit times,” Hilliman said.

Hilliman is running track this winter, which is helping him with his speed. He was timed at a 4.52 before dropping it down to a 4.46. He said his speed was one of the biggest differences his junior season.

“I was able to accelerate from defenses better and my coach I looked faster from sophomore season,” Hilliman said.