Hilliard enjoys visit

Linebacker A.J. Hilliard took a visit to Arizona this week and is now closer to a decision. Where does Arizona stand? read on to find out.

Arizona hosted a visitor from the Lone Star state on Monday, as Spring (Tex.) Klein Oak High School outside linebacker A.J. Hilliard made his way out to Tucson to check out what the Wildcats had to offer.

"My visit went great," Hilliard said. "I met a lot of coaches and everyone was really nice and really hospitable. The campus was cool, a lot of palm trees with a good atmosphere. I'm really liking the weather."

While on his visit, the two-star prospect especially enjoyed his interaction with the coaches and the program.

"My favorite part was basically meeting a lot of people because everyone was so nice," Hilliard said. "I learned a lot of information about the school that I didn't know previously. It has been pretty cool learning about Arizona, and everyone is so nice."

One of the coaches that Hilliard was able to meet face-to-face for the first time was his lead recruiter and quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo. The two already have a solid relationship, but Hilliard was especially appreciative of the opportunity to interact with Scelfo in person.

"Coach Scelfo has been recruiting me," Hilliard said. "He's really cool, I talk to him a lot. I call him up and ask him some questions. He pretty much talked to me and my dad for a long time.

"He gave me a point of view from a coach and a father's point of view. He's looking out for my best interest, and at the same time he wants me to go there. I like him a lot."

However, UA is not the only school in pursuit of Hilliard, as he holds double digit offers at this point in the process; although he admits that two schools currently stand above the rest.

"Recruiting is going pretty good," Hilliard said. "Right now I have 13 offers. West Virginia, Houston, Nevada, Boise State, Michigan State and some other schools, but I'm not really thinking about them right now. I'm pretty much narrowing it down to a couple of schools right now.

"I have Arizona and TCU in my top two, that's who I'm thinking about right now."

With a top two in mind, Hilliard admits that one school holds a slight edge over another.

"TCU hasn't offered yet, but they might," Hilliard said. "If they do offer, I still don't know who I would pick. I really like Arizona a lot right now. Right now I have Arizona in first place."

After completing his visit to Tucson, it appears that Arizona may be the final school that Hilliard trips to before making a decision.

"I don't have any visits to other schools planned," Hilliard said. "I already went to TCU's camp last week and went around the campus and know all about them because I'm from that area. Coming to Arizona, I don't know if there's anywhere else I'm going to visit."

So, with his visits wrapped up, and a leader in mind, it's no surprise that A.J. Hilliard is nearing a decision.

"I'm going to go home and talk it over with my parents and my older brother and some of my coaches and then I'll make my decision," Hilliard said. "If all goes well, I'll make my decision in the next two weeks."

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