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Hawaii RB sure of three

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Three-star all-purpose back Dalton Hilliard (5-11, 182, 4.48) from Honolulu (Hawai'i) Punahou has the versatility that you like to see in a college bound player. Hilliard is getting a lot recruiting attention on the mainland for his skill as both running back and his potential as a defensive back, but there aren't any clear cut leaders at the present time.
"I'm keeping all of my options open, but the main schools I'm looking at are UCLA, Cal, Nebraska, Stanford, Colorado, and Washington," Hilliard said. "Cal and UCLA haven't offered yet, hopefully they'll offer by September. There's high interest in those two so hopefully in the next month or so they will offer."
"All the schools are recruiting me at running back," Hilliard said. "The only two schools who are recruiting me for defensive back (safety) are Arizona and Colorado."
"I prefer running back because I feel more comfortable there. I haven't really played any defensive back. Most schools are basing my defensive back skills off my athleticism."
"I haven't taken any official or unofficial visits yet," Hilliard said. "I've just been calling coaches, seeing when would be the best time. They all want to do it (visit) in December, so they have enough time to get the two days to spend with me."
"I know for sure that I want to take visits to Stanford, Nebraska, and Colorado," Hilliard said. "Stanford, Nebraska, Colorado and UCLA are recruiting me the hardest right now."
What is Hilliard looking for in a college?
"A good Coaching Staff, and NFL contacts because one of my dreams is to get to the NFL," Hilliard said. "You can go to the college and get your degree, but ultimately you have to perform well at Pro-Day. If coaches can help me out with that it's a plus."
"Location doesn't matter, I can go anywhere. I'm used to any climates," Hilliard said. ""The college needs to be in a pretty good location. My mom doesn't want to let me go to a school in a bad area."
Hilliard is a very honest young man and is very clear on how he sees the recruiting process.
"I like good people, the people who aren't fake," Hilliard said. "The recruiting process can sometimes bring out the worst in people.
"They'll say stuff they don't really mean. I'm just looking for good coaches and people with good moral values."
At the moment there is no timeframe for Hilliard's decision, but he indicates that it will be sometime down the road.
"I was talking with one of the U.S. Army All American executives," Hilliard said. "I was telling him if I go to that game, I want to commit there in January, but if that doesn't happen then I'll probably commit in January or February. I just want to make sure I get to go see the colleges."
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