The quarterback recruiting dominoes appear to be falling for USC. Tuesday one target, Garrett Shrader of Charlotte, committed to Mississippi State. Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of his plans. Ryan Hilinski plans to announce his college commitment. Like Shrader, Hilinski is coming off a weekend visit with the Gamecocks.
According to the source, Hilinski plans to announce his decision on Twitter at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Georgia, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon were the other schools on his short list.
But he expressed some strong feelings for the Gamecocks following his visit last weekend.
“I think South Carolina set the bar this past weekend with that visit,” Hilinski said. “I use South Carolina as a weighing point. I would say South Carolina is the bar that has been set so far.”
On the visit, Hilinski met with university president Dr. Harris Pastides. He also chatted up Marcus Lattimore and Jeri Spurrier.
Part of the decision involved Hilinski’s brother who plans to enroll in pre-med at the chosen school, and he met with a representative from USC’s medical school on the visit.
Hilinski and his family are on their annual spring break vacation in Hawaii. But this trip had much more meaning than just leisure. It was also a trip to release the ashes of his late brother Ty into the Pacific Ocean.
Hilinski is a highly regarded double threat quarterback who passed for 3767 yards and 33 touchdowns last season.