"Coach White, his brother (Chris White) is the running backs coach at Iowa," Hilliard said. "(Brian) told his brother about me. He said he loved my tape.
"That happened about three weeks ago and then got the (Hawkeyes) offer last week. It all happened pretty fast. I have a pretty good relationship with Coach (Chris) White already."
Hilliard, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound ball carrier from Cincinnati's St. Xavier, also reports scholarship offers from Indiana, Ohio, Akron and Bowling Green. He currently puts the Hoosiers at the top of his list, but it's not over.
"I wouldn't say that I'm that far along in the process," Hilliard said. "I'm still open to all schools. I'm just trying to see what the schools are like, what the coaches are like. I would say it's pretty early in the recruiting process for me."
Iowa interests Hilliard. He'd like to get a closer look at the Hawkeyes.
"Me and my dad talked about it," Hilliard said. "We're going to try to go (to Iowa) on the weekend next week (April 12). If not then, it will be pretty soon."
Scout.com rates Hilliard as the 45th-best running back nationally in the 2014 class. The Hawkeyes like his style.
"They said they like the way I ran," Hilliard said. "I ran physical. They also like my speed with the physicality."
Hilliard said he was last timed in the 40-yard dash in 2012. He ran it 4.5 seconds.
Hilliard is hoping to study business in college and has an idea for what he wants from a school.
"I'm looking for a great atmosphere," he said. "I'd like for it to be a really outgoing atmosphere. The campus and the coaching staff are important."