With over 30 offers, to include Clemson and USC, junior LB Justin Hilliard of Cincinnati is planning a visit Columbia this off-season. Hilliard would like to narrow his list to 15 but wants to take more visits before making the cut. He has already visited Clemson. “I went there for the Florida State game with my dad,” he said. “It was alright. The atmosphere was crazy but I didn’t really get to the campus or anything like that.” Hilliard does not have any favorites but did say the Gamecocks are likely to make his top 15. He was not as confident that the Tigers would. USC has maintained contact with Hilliard and he says things are picking up in recent weeks. “I just talked to them about two weeks ago,” Hilliard said. “We’re still building a relationship. They just wanted to see when a good time for me to come visit would be.” Hilliard’s other visits were to Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Ohio State. “I still want to get to Alabama, Kentucky and Ole Miss,” he said. “I’ll probably go back to Penn State because I didn’t get to see much of it when I was there.” In seven games as a junior, Hilliard totaled over 80 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions. His other offers include Texas A&M, Florida State, Alabama, Penn State, Arkansas, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa. He did not indicate any other schools that might make his top 15.
Alabama coach Nick Saban is conducting his in home visit with LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, GA tonight. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer are scheduled to visit Sunday. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has had his in home visit as has Georgia coach Mark Richt. McMillan will announce his decision Monday at 12:30 PM on the NBC Sports Network.
DB Rashard Causey of Ft. Lauderdale picked up an offer from Clemson Thursday. USC was one of his earlier offers and he’s had the Gamecocks and Miami at the top of his list. Some of his other offers are UCLA, Florida, West Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Florida State, NC State, Penn State and Pittsburgh.
USC recruiter Deke Adams met with DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, GA today as he was attempting to nail down an official visit from Williams who has not yet nailed down dates or destinations for his visits. He has a top five of USC, Clemson, Auburn, Ole Miss and LSU and is trying to decide which ones will get visits. He plans to take only three or four of the allotted five official visits. Clemson recruiter Marion Hobby was in to see Williams earlier this week. Williams said he may have his visits lined up by next week and they won’t take place until after the dead period ends in January.
QB Will Hunter of Lexington is ready to play at the next level. He will listen to any school showing interest. As of now, he is unsure of which schools are looking at him. Hunter believes he has two offers but was not ready to confirm either. “I think my coach told me that Wingate and Tusculum have offered,” he said. “It think they told my coach that if I wanted to play, to come on. I’m not sure though.” This week, he is in Myrtle Beach for the North-South All-Star game and he says it is occupying a lot of his time. “I don’t really have time to talk to any (college) coaches,” Hunter said. “They have to talk to our coaches so I don’t know if anyone is showing interest or not.” He says he will look at Wingate and Tusculum when he has more time to do so. “Absolutely I want to check them out,” he said. “I just want to play football. I’ll play anywhere.” Hunter did not name any favorites and said there were “a couple of other small schools” showing interest in him but did not give their names.