NUC New Jersey Top 10 For The Class of 2014 Jonathan Hilliman discusses the Upcoming Season
St. Peter's Prep (NJ) sophomore running back Jonathan Hilliman is the next great Marauder. Hilliman has already garnered comparisons to the last great Prep running back, Savon Huggins. NUC ranked Hilliman at number seven in the top 25 New Jersey for the class of 2014. Hilliman has already received offers from the Who's Who in college football. Some of the schools that threw their hat in the ring already are UNC, Boston College, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio St., Oregon, Penn St., Rutgers, Stanford, Wisconsin, and Georgia. During the interview, West Virginia's coaches called him and offered.
Hilliman split carries last season and was very explosive with the ball in his hands. At 6 feet and 210 pounds, Hilliman has great size for a running back and he can run a 4.5 forty. Hilliman loves to get downhill fast. Once he sees a hole, he hits it quickly. One missed tackle and Hilliman can take it to the house. Hilliman and St. Peter's Prep squad begin their season against Maryland powerhouse McDonough this Saturday.
Steven Barsamian NUC: First question how did preseason camp and the scrimmages go?
Jonathan Hilliman: Went well , we made a lot of progress from the summer practices
NUC: What are your expectations for the season?
JH: Well my expectations are a state championship, finishing #1 in the tristate and personally 2000 yards and over 30 tds
NUC: What would you say you have improved on since last season?
JH: I would say playing without the ball....blocking and running routes
NUC: What would you say your strengths are as a player?
JH: My ability to break tackles, and my second gear to run away from the defense.
NUC: What do guys need to do to beat McDonough this weekend?
JH: Keep the pressure on them. They're a type of team that if you give them some breathing room they will attack back.
NUC: alright. What do guys need to do to achieve your expectations for the season?
JH: Just execute and make as many plays as we can. And play as a unit.
NUC: What is it about Prep that produces all these successful D-1 players?
JH: Besides the great program that we have that develops athletes, Coach Hansen has been around for a while and he's made connections with numerous schools along the way.
NUC: cool. What was your reaction to being named to the NUC top 10 for the class of 2014?
JH: I got 6 kids I gotta get in front of haha
NUC: alright some personal questions. What is it about football that makes you love playing it?
JH: Football is a game I just grew up playing and it's the only thing I think about day and night
NUC: nice. Do you have a nickname?
JH: JonBoy , J-Smoove , J-Boogie. Mr.Hilliman haha
NUC: hahaha I like J-Boogie. lol. Do you have any pregame superstitions?
JH: I wear a cut off superman shirt under my pads every game since 7th grade. And I'm always the last person off the bus
NUC: cool. How about favorite pregame music?
JH: MMG , Jay-z , something called Jersey Club music.
NUC: Favorite tv show?
JH: King of the Hill
NUC: really interesting choice. Favorite muscian?
NUC: Ok what are your thoughts on you being compared to Savon?
JH: I don't really think about it too much. But I appreciate it though
NUC: alright some recruiting stuff. Hows the recruiting process going?
JH: Going good , a lot of letters , and Facebook hit ups .
NUC: Any new offers to report?
JH: Georgia offered like a week ago
NUC: Do you have any favorites at this point?
JH: Naa , I haven't narrowed down
NUC: ok I forgot to ask what is your favorite NFL team?
JH: NY Giants
NUC: Have any teams told you they were close to offering?
JH: WVU just offered I just got off the phone w/ one of their coaches. And Notre Dame , LSU and Tennessee I feel are getting close
NUC: I heard you are playing defense this year how do you like that?
JH: I love that I'm playing both sides again - the more football the better
NUC: Which schools are showing you the most interest that offered?
JH: RU , Mich , Wisconsin
NUC: What do you like about RU?
JH: That's the home school right there gotta love them. Jersey is a great state and I could see my self playin for them
NUC: How about Michigan?
JH: The tradition of football dominance and excellence
JH: The number of great Running Backs to walk through Camp Randall
NUC: Do you have any thoughts on WVU?
JH: Explosive offense, great system. Steve Slaton and Noel Devine were great RB's from there so they can develop RB's
NUC: what are some of the factors in deciding on a school?
JH: Academics, football, school life, coaching staff , and other recruits
NUC: other recruits as in friends? or Jersey kids? or talent level?
JH: Talent level
NUC: oh ok. Do you have any visits planned during the season?
JH: Not at all
NUC: ok how about after the season?
JH: Yeeah that's when I'll make the visits happen
NUC: last question how excited are you for the season to start this weekend?
JH: IVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS WEEKEND SINCE JANUARY 6TH !!!! Ready to put on a show.
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