Hilliman Recaps Weekend Rutgers Visit

Hilliman Recaps Weekend Rutgers Visit

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) 2014 running back Jonathan Hilliman took advantage of time between dead periods to unofficially visit Rutgers for the second time since the end of his junior season. Hilliman, who holds double-digit verbal offers, discussed his most recent visit and thoughts on Jawan Jamison's NFL departure.

News of Jawan Jamion's NFL departure hit the public early Saturday afternoon while Jonathan Hilliman was at the end of a visit to Rutgers.

A top 2014 running back out of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), the news that Jamison is headed to the NFL was cause for excitement.

"That's awesome," Hilliman said. "I think it's great that Rutgers can market their best athletes. That really sends a message. It's also a good thing, seeing [former teammate Savon Huggins] and that he's going to get the bulk [of the carries] next year."

Jamison is the second running back in five years to declare early for the NFL out of Rutgers, something that stood out to Hilliman.

"That's not a top-tier thing for me personally, but it's definitely one of the things I'm conscientious about," he said. "I care about how well a program can market their players and prepare them for the next level.

"I want an overall place I can just call home for the next four years, pretty much a place where I can have an impact academically and on the field. [My ideal school] is pretty much a place where I can grow as a human being, a place where I feel comfortable."

Hilliman was one of a small group of recruits visiting with the Rutgers football staff during a basketball game at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Hilliman enjoyed a 67-62 upset win for the basketball team over No. 24 Pittsburgh and 1-on-1 time with the coaching staff.

"I thought it went great," he said. "I got to see a lot of what Rutgers football players do when they're in the offseason. You can watch basketball games, hang out a little bit. I got to hang with some of my former teammates, Savon Huggins, Keith Lumpkin and Sheldon Royster. It was good hanging out at the basketball game, talking to coach Flood a little bit. It was a fun game. It was a big win for the program."

Hilliman, who also visited for an underclassman event and multiple games this season, called this visit "different."

"I got to see a different side of the school, a different side of the sports aspect," he said. "I kind of get a whole view of things. I was talking a little bit with the athletic director. It was great to see that other angle of the school."

Hilliman has three visits planned for the winter. He will attend Boston College junior day on Jan. 26 and go to Ohio State's Feb. 10. He also hopes to unofficially visit Michigan next month. He holds 16 verbal offers.

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