Coco Hillary One to Watch

Strom Thurmond standout Coco Hillary will be one of the top athletes in South Carolina next season, and the Tigers are among several teams showing early interest. CUTigers.com has the latest on the blue-chip athlete in this recruiting update. <BR>

ATH Coco Hillary
5-10, 180, 4.5
Strom Thurmond High School
Johnston, South Carolina

The 5-10, 180 pound quarterback, who runs a 4.5, had an outstanding junior season for Strom Thurmond High. "I had 2291 yards passing and 13 passing touchdowns. I also had over 600 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns rushing," Hillary told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

The talented athlete is still awaiting his first offer, but several schools are showing interest.

"I don't have any offers yet. I'm really just starting to get interest. Clemson has showed a lot of interest though. They are writing letters every week. Last week they sent me a camp brochure. I have also gotten a couple of letters from South Carolina. My coach is taking all of the calls now. I have gotten calls from Wake and Georgia," stated Hillary.

When asked if he has any early favorites, Hillary responded, "No sir, I don't have any early favorites. Hopefully in the next few months I'll see more interest from a lot of schools. I want to wait and see what my options are."

The South Carolina standout has the ability to make things happen when the pocket breaks down. "I am a mobile quarterback. I like to throw on the run. I like to improvise."

Hillary plans to show his skills on defense next season as well. "I definitely want to work on my quickness and my agility. I am also going to go both ways this year. I am going to play a little defensive back. My coach said he would put me as a shutdown corner when we need to stop a receiver on the other team," said Hillary. The camp plans are starting to take shape for the Strom Thurmond star quarterback. "I know we are going to the 7-on-7 camp at Clemson. I also got invited to the Nike camp on May 14 in Athens. I will probably go to South Carolina too. We are going to another 7-on-7 in Georgia as well."

The Gamecocks may have an advantage for the prize recruit. "My uncle Ira Hillary played pro ball and he also played at South Carolina. He played on the black magic team at South Carolina. My family grew up pulling for South Carolina."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding quarterback from South Carolina, right up through signing day 2006.

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