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Hilinski plays waiting game

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Tyler Hilinski had a fantastic junior season. The 2015 quarterback put up huge numbers.
But the Upland, Calif., three-star quarterback is still waiting for his first offer and it might not come until after signing day.
That's the feeling Hilinski is getting from schools - that the main focus will be polishing up the 2014 class and then the focus will turn to him and others.
"We're waiting for signing day," Hilinski said. "Northwestern came by the school and said they're trying to get through the 2014 class. It's kind of like a waiting game right now.
"Arizona State I'm supposed to be visiting there toward the end of January. I'm supposed to be going out to Oklahoma soon. I talked to coach (Josh) Heupel and coach (Tim) Kish a lot. He came out to one of our games. Everybody seems to be focused on 2014."
The 6-foot-4 quarterback who transferred to Upland for his junior season finished with more than 3,000 passing yards with 39 total touchdowns and only eight interceptions.
Upland coach Tim Salter has communicated with numerous programs that have said positive things but the idea is to wait a few weeks, let signing day pass and then ramp up this off-season for a big senior year.
"Coach Salter talked to Notre Dame and Michigan State and they both have commits," Hilinski said. "They told me if anything happens with that I'm the first guy they call so it's promising to hear from those big-time schools.
"I'm super excited. I can't wait to get ready for my senior year and we should have a great year."
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