Jonathan Hilliman, the much talked about three-star running back from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep, has been steadily going about his business but is coming to a crossroads in his recruitment. He has a top five of Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers, Alabama and Vanderbilt, in no particular order, but another school is also being considered and, even though he has a leader, Hilliman's timeline is getting murkier as time progresses.
"I took a visit to Ohio State and it was very productive, I got a lot of things done," said the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hilliman. "I talked to a lot of coaches and got to hear about their philosophies and figure out what kind of coaches they are. At the moment I can say Ohio State is the leader.
"Rutgers has been coming on pretty stronger," he said. "They're the in-state school and they try the hardest to contact me through the mail or get me on the phone. Michigan is also definitely in the mix. They're having a great recruiting class and it seems like they want to add me to that. Vanderbilt is also in there."
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Hilliman's top schools should be wary of the sixth school he is considering.
"Even though they aren't in my top five, the University of Miami is a very good fit for me," Hilliman explained. "They are great academically, they are on the rise and their recruiting class has gotten better as the year has gone on. I definitely feel like I could go down there and make some noise pretty early. I'm also pretty close with (recent Hurricanes commit) Courtel Jenkins."
Visits always play a key role in recruiting. Hilliman had rave reviews of his most recent visit.
"I went to Ohio State two weeks ago," he said, "It was an unbelievable visit and I had a great time. I'm scheduled to go to Michigan's Big House Bar-B-Que on July 28. That's the only scheduled visit I have right now. I still need to figure out visits to the other top schools."
Outside of more visits, Hilliman's timeline is unclear.
"I'm definitely going to take these unofficial visits and see where I could fit in the best," said Hilliman. "I'll either decide before the season or after the season, not during the season. If I feel it before the season, I'll commit but I have no problem waiting until after the season."
Hilliman was a top performer at the Rutgers Passing Camp last weekend.