Hilliman Talks Recruiting

Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer

Sep 18, 2012

By: Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer


St. Peter's Prep (NJ) RB Jonathan Hilliman

St. Peter's Prep (NJ) RB Jonathan Hilliman

Jonathan Hilliman is already looking to be the next big star out of St. Peter’s Prep despite being just weeks into his junior campaign.  The running back holds offers from a baker’s dozen of elite Football Bowl Subdivision schools, including Rutgers.  While he’s not ready to release a top five list of schools, Hilliman told StateOfRutgers.com that some of the schools stand out above the others.


“I don’t really expect to have a top five until sometime during my senior season.  There are a few schools that stand out to me though.  Michigan, West Virginia, Rutgers, Boston College, and Oregon.  They’re just all very good schools that play a high-level football with an explosive offense and they’re all on top of me in terms of recruiting,” Hilliman explained.


Other strong programs in the mix include Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Central Florida, and Wisconsin.  However, RU shines bright in the running back’s eyes.


“I like that Rutgers is a program on the rise.  They’ve really shocked me with their strong play and their style of offense which spreads things out while getting the running back a good amount of work.  It’s a school that is bringing in top recruits and the top guys in the state of New Jersey.  It’s something that I’m definitely looking for in a school,” said the 6-foot, 201 pound tailback.


With interest from schools from all over the map, Hilliman isn’t afraid to travel away from home for the right situation.  With that said, it sounds as though staying in New Jersey would be a plus for the youngster.


“Location isn’t a huge factor for me, it’s not the biggest thing for me.  But, I think I’d like to stay close by so that I could stay near by family and friends and it would be nice if they can come see me play and be involved in my life at the college level.  Having my parents for support would be key but football and school are a higher priority for me,” the running back explained.


St. Peter’s Prep figures to rely heavily on the standout running back this season, but his services weren’t exactly needed over the weekend as the Marauders topped Memorial 77-7.  Despite the limited work, Hilliman still amassed 204 rushing yards off of three carries.


They didn’t need me too much against Memorial, we beat them up pretty bad.  We got a chance to see a different side of our offense with different running backs.  Younger guys got to show what they could do and it was an overall good night.