Hilinski lands Big 10 interest

Tyler Hilinski has not picked up any new offers but the Upland, Calif., quarterback has been in touch with a Big 10 powerhouse and he's hopeful it continues.
The four-star quarterback said this past weekend at the Pylon Sports 7on7 in Las Vegas that Michigan State has reached out and said some pretty impressive things recently.
"I just talked to Michigan State over Facebook," Hilinski said.
"They sent me a message saying they think I'm the next guy who can take them to the Rose Bowl. That was really encouraging. I haven't talked to them on the phone yet but we're trying to set something up."
Hilinski, who threw for 3,054 yards with 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his junior season, said Michigan State quarterbacks coach Brad Salem has been in contact.
The news with the Spartans has been really positive and Hilinski hopes things pick up throughout the spring evaluation period.
"That's awesome," Hilinski said. "When they came to the Rose Bowl, coach (Tim) Salter had a bunch of Upland guys that went. We were on vacation at the time so it's really encouraging. Michigan State is a huge, big-time program and I would love to go out there.
"A lot of recruits want to stay in California but Kelly (his brother) went to Columbia so I would be open to going anywhere."
So far the only program to offer Hilinski has been Utah State. Washington State and others are also reaching out but Hilinski is planning patience in the coming months and not taking many visits yet.
"We're going to wait," Hilinski said. "We're going to see what happens during the spring because Oklahoma is coming out so I want to see what happens there. Everything could change really quickly."