Rumors have be swirling around about Jonathan Hilliman. The running back from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep shortened his list to five in late June and he is inching closer and closer to a decision. Before he chooses where he wants to play college football, Hilliman needs to take a few more visits.
"I haven't made any cuts yet," said the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hilliman. "I see myself committing some time in September. I actually just got off the phone with one of the Rutgers coaches to set up a visit on July 24 and July 25. I still talk to all the staff there.
"I've been talking with Coach Mallory at Michigan and I'm going to be up there for the barbeque on July 27 and 28," he said. "I've been keeping in contact with the coaches at Miami and seeing how interested in me they are. I'm going to be down there on August 11.
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"I still have to talk to Coach Cristobal at Alabama and Coach Donovan at Vanderbilt," Hilliman said. "After I do those visits I'll see where I'm at and probably make some cuts."
Hilliman's top five schools were, in no order, Ohio State, Alabama, Rutgers, Michigan and Vanderbilt but he already knows of one school that will make it to the next round.
"I'm going to cut down to three," he said. "Ohio State is still the leader. We're keeping in contact and it's easy for me to see how interested they are. I know Ohio State is going to make the cut and most likely Rutgers will also but I want to see how the visit goes. I'm not sure of which school will be that third one."
Hilliman has already visited Ohio State.