Hilliman a Top 2014 Target

Hilliman a Top 2014 Target

After three Wisconsin running backs went over 100 yards in Saturday's Big Ten Championship game, Badgers running back coach Thomas Hammock has a lot to sell his recruits. One of those tailbacks - St. Peter's Prep junior Jonathan Hilliman - is anxious to soon see UW up close.

MADISON - Wisconsin has always been known around the nation for having that big bruising back, but now the Badgers are looking for that next big back in the 2014 class. St. Peter's Prep (N.J.) junior Jonathan Hilliman fits the mold perfectly and Wisconsin is looking to take an early lead in his recruitment. Hilliman's junior season has been no let down as he has put up some impressive numbers and is seeing improvement in his game.

"I eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark and have 17 touchdowns on 88 carries as well," Hilliman told Badger Nation. "I also have five tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown, too. I've improved on my pass blocking, catching the ball and hitting the seams, but I can improve on making someone miss in open field."

The 6-1, 210-bruiser has not only been successful on the field, but off the field by securing dozens of early offers so far.

"My recruitment is going great," Hilliman said. "My latest offers have been Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and I just picked up a Georgia Tech offer. Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers, Oregon and some other schools have offered me so far. I've pretty much been overtaken by all the schools. After I take some visits I'll definitely be able to give a better answer on the schools sticking out to me."

Wisconsin has been recruiting Hilliman early and often. Running back coach Thomas Hammock has made Hilliman a top priority and his strong bond with the highly-touted running back seems to have been paying off.

"It is great and we have a very good relationship," Hilliman said. "He has just been telling me about why I should commit there and telling me about the school, academics and campus life. I know they have the ability to make great running backs and have strong offensive linemen to support the backs."

Hilliman now has his eyes on making the rounds to some schools and Wisconsin looks to be the first stop on his agenda. However, one school the junior running back idolized growing up was USC.

"Wisconsin is most likely my first stop," Hilliman said. "I definitely want to see Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Oregon. All my visits will be done after the season during the school year. My favorite school growing up was USC. USC is considered Running Back U and I just love the atmosphere at the games and the campus is just beautiful."

Why are so many D-1 programs after this New Jersey native running back? Well, it comes from what the talented junior would bring to the program right away.

"I would bring early leadership, lots of energy and big plays," said Hilliman. "I just want to say to Badger fans that I am coming soon and get ready for some fireworks."

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