Hilliard solid with Arizona

Linebacker A.J. Hilliard is an Arizona commit and took his official visit for the Stanford game. Read on to see what he liked, how he sees himself fitting in, and more.

6-foot-2, 215-pound Klein (Texas) Oak linebacker A.J. Hilliard has been committed to Arizona for a while now and finally had a chance to take his official visit for the Stanford game last week.

Hilliard had high expectations and the visit met them, as he came away from the visit even more impressed with the UA than he had been before.

Although Arizona was blown out by Stanford, Hilliard says that it will not play much of a role in his recruitment.

"The official visit went well except for the loss to Stanford, Hilliard said. "Honestly, it does not mean a lot to me."

The major reason why the loss will not have an effect on Hilliard is because he realizes the difficulty of the early schedule for Arizona.

"I think they are playing pretty good," he said. "Arizona has been facing some of the best talent in college, so losing to teams that are considered to be really strong top ten teams does not bother me a lot."

As far as what he was told after the loss, Hilliard says that the coaches explained to him that it takes a complete game to beat a good team.

"The coaches basically tell me that they were in the Stanford game until the third quarter and when you face decent teams, you have to get ahead early because those teams are eventually good enough to pull away. Arizona has played well and then it all eventually got away from it."

As Hilliard watched Arizona, he says that it was easy for him to see his future at Arizona.

"I can always see myself playing next year," he said. "I know I will have to work hard to put myself in that position and want to help out next year."

TCU continues to recruit Hilliard, but he says that he remains solid to Arizona.


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