Hilliman Names Top 10

Donald Forbes- SOR Publisher

Dec 17, 2012

By: Donald Forbes- SOR Publisher


St. Peter's Prep RB Jonathan Hilliman

St. Peter's Prep RB Jonathan Hilliman

The commitment of Keith Lumpkin and Savon Huggins coupled with the subsequent signing of their National Letter of Intent to Rutgers ended a more than 20 year drought of St. Peter’s Prep signees to Rutgers. Although it has been two recruiting classes since the end of the drought, they hope to again hit pay dirt in 2014 at the Jersey City school with the successful recruitment of running back Jonathan Hilliman.


The star running back has become a national recruit holding over 25 offers. Although it is early, Hilliman has already started to narrow his list of suitors to a top 10. The list has Ohio State, Notre Dame, LSU, Alabama, Rutgers, North Carolina, Boston College, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Wisconsin.


One surprising absentee from the list is USC which was a school that was an early favorite. However, his feelings changed towards the West Coast school due to their recruitment of him.


“I got a few letters from them. But it will depend on how they recruit me. They are recruiting a lot of guys from around the country. I might not be one of their priorities for the 2014 class”, stated Hilliman.


Hilliman is clearly looking for schools that show a definite interest in him as a priority recruit and person.


“The schools that have been high on me are the schools who I give them my interest and attention. I’m looking for a team that wants to make me a priority in recruiting”, stated Hilliman.


Of those schools that populate his top 10, there are a set of five schools recruiting him harder than others. Those schools are North Carolina, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan.


 The annual carousel of coaches will not impact Hilliman ’s decision. He is more focused on the school and other attributes of the coaches.


“Coaching changes will not impact my recruitment from a school. Since I am a junior, I will get a chance to get a feeling for the new staff and see how they recruit me”, stated the St. Peter’s Prep star.


The Scarlet Knights are apparently in a good position with Hilliman. The coaching staff has established a good relationship with him and set the appropriate priority towards his recruitment.


“The coaches do a really good job of getting the recruits who are in-state. Coach Flood did a great job in his first year. It is more than them being my instate school. It helps that they have three former St Peter’s players. I talk to them every week about the program and where they are going. With them going to the big 10 it helps the decision making process”, stated Hilliman.


Last Saturday, Hilliman visited the Rutgers campus for a junior day where the attendees had a chance tour the campus and obtain a more in-depth briefing on what Rutgers has to offer academically.


“It was good. I got to see the academic side and learned a lot about different programs at Rutgers. I also saw their facilities. I got to talk with a few coaches and hung out with great players and great men”, stated Hilliman.


Although it is more than a year before Hilliman makes a decision, Rutgers is in good position to compete for Hilliman services. A final decision will not be made until the 2014 Signing Day.