Physical Quarterback Likes Tigers

This physical quarterback prospect from South Carolina talks recruiting and what he likes about the Auburn Tigers.

Johnston, S.C.--For a quarterback the recruiting process is often a little different than for any other prospects because of the importance put on the position by coaches at every level. Strom Thurmond High standout Aramis Hillary is finding that out for himself this spring as colleges from all over the South have come to visit his school to check out his film and talk with his coaches.

While he has already garnered offers from several programs, Hillary says at the moment he's waiting on the call from any number of a few top schools that are giving him a close look. One of those is the Auburn Tigers, a college that has rocketed up Hillary's list since offensive coordinator Al Borges visited his school last week to find out more about him and his skills as a quarterback.

"Recruiting is going pretty well," Hillary tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "A lot of stuff has been going on. Coach Borges came by the school, but I didn't get to say anything to him. He talked to my coach though. Being the offensive coordinator, I thought that was pretty huge. I think that's really what got me real, real interested in Auburn. When I heard their offensive coordinator was coming, that's the first time something like that came up.

"I'm hearing from a lot of schools, but serious interest, if I had to pick five or six, would be Auburn, Tennessee (scheduled to visit this week), Wake Forest, Kentucky, South Carolina and Maryland would be the biggest schools that have shown interest at the moment," Hillary adds. "I have offers from Mississippi State, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State and Presbyterian College at the moment. Other than the schools that have offered, I would have to put Auburn on top at the moment--definitely."

Aramis Hillary

The younger brother of Appalachian State wide receiver CoCo Hillary, Aramis has made a name for himself since taking over the QB job last fall for the first time. Moving from wide receiver to take over the reigns at quarterback for his brother, Hillary threw for 1,762 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 752 yards and 10 more scores on the ground. At 6-3, 218 with a 40-yard dash time of 4.68 seconds, Hillary has the athleticism to play on the next level, but he says it's his competitive drive that separates him from other quarterbacks with similar numbers.

"When my coach talks to other coaches he mentions the ability to put the will to win in all of the other guys," Hillary says. "The team usually feeds off me. I want to play with the team because it isn't about yourself. I really think leadership is a big deal. My coach always told me that and I learned it watching my brother growing up and being his back up. He really showed me a lot."

Auburn is just one of the schools that has been in to visit Hillary in recent weeks, but obviously Borges and the Tigers have made quite an impact on the quarterback since taking a strong interest in him. Hillary says he's taking notice of Auburn's situation at quarterback and also in recruiting and likes what he sees at the moment.

"I have looked into things," Hillary says with Auburn's recruiting. "I know they are taking it slow with the quarterbacks. I really look at the quarterback situation. I see some of the commitments, but no quarterbacks. They said I was number one on the board for them right now and how they are going to recruit me hard and really evaluate me real hard.

"In the SEC they play big games," Hillary says of the Tigers. "They play every game on TV. It's pretty big coming from a big program like that, a program that wins 9 or 10 games every year and if not maybe the coach gets fired or something. They expect to win."

Both Hillary and the Auburn coaching staff will have a chance to evaluate each other more closely this summer when Hillary makes the Plains one of his many stops on the camp circuit. For a player who is still hoping to show he's good enough to play for a top program, Hillary says he's anxious to show what he can do and hopefully earn the scholarship offer he covets.

"This summer I plan to camp it up at the one-day camps every weekend or so," Hillary says. "I haven't set up any yet, but I'll definitely be at the one on July 14 at Auburn. My coach tells me that the way a lot of teams are talking, if I just show up and be me and not try to do anything special, he believes two or three of the teams might offer. I think Auburn will once I go there. I think they want to see me throw against some big-time defensive backs to some big-time wide receivers."

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