VISALIA, CA -- Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, CA) quarterback Kelly Hilinski talked to new Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre for the first time Friday morning. He was impressed with what he heard.
"I like his vision and sense of direction," said the six-foot-six,
220-pound gunslinger, who had also developed "good relations" with
Jon Embree's former Colorado staff. "He has a plan."
Coincidentally, Arkansas -- Hilinski's other BCS school of interest
-- has also experienced a coaching change. But the quarterback's
interest in the Razorbacks also remains steady after Bret Bielema
took over three weeks ago. Colorado and Arkansas will sign at least
a quarterback each in their 2013 recruiting classes. Hilinski said
both are still deciding whether or not to take a second signal
caller, in which case he'd get the nod.
"It's really contingent upon that," he said.
Hilinski will visit Boulder and Fayetteville in January. He'll also
take trips to Ivy League schools Yale and Columbia, a program that
shown great interest in Stanford transfer quarterback Brett Nottingham.
Hilinski played well in the Cal State Game, helping ice the South's
19-14 victory with a few solid quarterback runs. Before the game, he
told me that he's been working on his agility and comfort level in
the pocket, and those two improvements shone through -- even on
Saturday's all-mud playing field.
"There are still a lot more improvements I want to make, though," he
With his height and his smarts, Hilinski is a prospect who shows
plenty of upside. That much was apparent not only during his
positive scrambles Saturday, but also through the bullets he fired
on the run during Friday's practice.
David Lombardi covers
recruiting for FOX Sports Next. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com.
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Hilinski Hears from MacIntyre
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