Tyler Hilinski is excited. He did not settle. He found a great program where he will throw the ball all the time and for a quarterback there might be nothing better.
The four-star quarterback from Upland, Calif., committed to Washington State in late April and after an offer from Cal and other new interest, Hilinski decided to stick with the Cougars.
At the Air Strike Elite Passing Tournament this past weekend, the Upland quarterback said he's thrilled about his future in Pullman.
"It's awesome," Hilinski said.
"It's nice to be done and to be going to Washington State it's a great feeling. I know they want me there, that's my place, I want to be there and I don't have to worry about it. I can now get my guys focused on the season so it's awesome.
"You want to go somewhere where you're really liked and you feel wanted. With Washington State, I felt like that was the place for me."
Hilinski, one of the top prospects at the Air Strike tournament last weekend, is also excited by Washington's State recent hire of former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, who was a prolific passer for coach Mike Leach in Lubbock.
The Upland quarterback who threw for 3,053 yards with 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his junior season hopes he can learn a lot from Harrell and have a productive future in Pullman. There might be no better instructor for Leach's offense and Hilinski knows it.
"They just hired Graham Harrell, he's going to be their new quarterbacks coach," Hilinski said. "It's going to be awesome. He threw for two 5,000-yard seasons at Texas Tech so hopefully when I get up there, I just can't wait.
"They throw 58 times a game. They threw 89 times against Oregon. I get to play with the ball and that's the fun part."