Hilliman Recaps Visit, Narrows Timeline

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) running back Jonathan Hilliman recaps his Friday visit to Rutgers and talks about his accelerated time frame for making a decision.

Jonathan Hilliman already knew about the Rutgers football program, but his day-long visit to campus Friday offered a different perspective on the school.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Hilliman said the academic sides of Rutgers stood out, and the school and the football program seem ready to make the move to the Big Ten for the 2014 season.

Furthermore, Hilliman followed up on what he told FOXSportsNEXT late Thursday in that he was now going to decide before his senior season, and he narrowed down his timetable even more.

"I'm going to make the decision the second week of August," he said. "It's going to be from the week of Aug. 12 until the end of the week."

Hilliman wasn't ready to disclose the date, but he said he was not listing any leaders from his final six, which include Michigan, Alabama, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Miami. He is tentatively set to visit Vanderbilt on Aug. 2, and travel to Miami on Aug. 11.

However, Friday was about his visit to Rutgers, and it included meetings with coach Kyle Flood, running backs coach Norries Wilson and offensive coordinator Ron Prince.

"I met with everyone that is important to my decision," Hilliman said. "I met with some of the recruiting coordinators and the tech guys. I met with the academic advisors and the (former) interim athletic director (Carl Kirschner). I got to meet with a lot of people."

His day began at 9 a.m and the visit ended at 4 p.m.

"It went well," he said. "It was very productive. I talked to a lot of people to see what they think and what they have to offer. It was very surprising. I got a lot of unanswered questions answered.

"I was surprised about their ambition and goals. They're going into the Big Ten, and they're very read to compete. Then, there was the academic side of it."

The academic side, including the reputation of the school and its alumni connections, stood out to Hilliman.

"It opened my eyes a little bit," he said. "I kind of knew Rutgers for a while for a football aspect. But as a school and an institution, it has changed a lot for me from this visit."

During the meeting with Flood, Hilliman said he was made to understand how much the Scarlet Knights want him.

"He said that they're very interested in me and I'm a real priority for them," Hilliman said, "and that I should be fired up to be recruited by them, and they're very fired up for the season coming up. They're very ambitious."

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