The Maryland Terps hosted a number of 2014 prospects last weekend for their junior day. Among them was Jonathan Hilliman. The running back from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep has well over 20 offers and was very impressed with Maryland.
"The drive was about four hours but I had a great time down at Maryland," said the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hilliman. "The atmosphere was crazy at the basketball game. The student section and all the cheerleaders, everyone was crazy.
"I talked with my recruiting coach, Coach Dudzinski," he said. "I met the running backs coach and the head coach. I got a good sense of how important I was to them. It was a good weekend."
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The big question now is how does Maryland compare with the other schools Hilliman is considering?
"I would definitely say Maryland would be in the top ten at this point," Hilliman said. "I feel like I could really see myself playing there after seeing how much support they get from the fans there and how much the coaches emphasize academics."
Which schools have been recruiting Hilliman that hardest?
"Notre Dame, USC, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers and Boston College have all been coming to see my or hitting me up on Facebook or Twitter," he said. "I think I'll make cuts before going into my senior season. That way I don't have to take calls from schools that I can't really see myself playing for."
Hilliman is planning to take more visits this offseason.
"I want to go to Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State during the summer," said Hilliman. "During spring break I'm going to take a lot of visits, especially to SEC country."
Last season, Hilliman help St. Peter's Prep to an 8-2 record.