Elite 11: Video - Tyler Hilinski
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Right before the dead period fell last month, California offensive coordinator Tony Franklin paid a visit to 2015 quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who has been perhaps in more frequent contact with the two minds behind the Bear Raid – Franklin and head coach Sonny Dykes as much as any prospect on Cal's 2015 target list.
"I went up to their camp this summer and had a lot of fun and talked with him and then threw with him for a bit after, and I got a good tour of the campus, and it's awesome," said Hilinski, who's older brother Kelly – a Columbia signee – went through the same process Tyler is going through this year: The Elite 11.
Hilinski attended Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame through his sophomore year, but transferred to Upland (Calif.), where he played his junior season, amassing 3,053 yards on 177-of-260 passing, with just eight interceptions to 34 touchdowns.
"I went through their new facilities and stuff and saw their new weight room, and I love it. It's awesome. It's just great, and my friend Khalfani Muhammad, is there," Hilinski said. "He played with my brother, because I didn't transfer to Upland until my second semester as a sophomore, and I got to play with him. I was his teammate my sophomore year, bcause I was on Varsity. I never got to play with him, because Kelly was starting, but I always was on scout team with him, and stuff, so hopefully, one day, we end up playing together. It was a lot of fun, and I got to see him play. I would love to go there."
On Sunday, Hilinski showed off his accuracy, wearing out the targets throughout much of the day before hooking up several times with fellow Cal target Trent Irwin -- the four-star wide receiver out of Newhall (Calif.) Hart.
As with Irwin – who wore a gold undershirt and blue shorts, set off with Cal script socks – the Bears seem a prohibitive favorite, but several other programs are closing in on offers.
"Arizona State is close," Hilinski said. "I'm supposed to be going up to a day with coach Norvelle – not a junior day; he just wanted me to come watch film with him and spend a day with him. And, Tennessee is really close, too. They want me to come visit the campus and show that they're interested, because they're really interested. Then, Oklahoma, I feel, is really close. They're focusing now on the class of '14, but I think as soon as that's done, more offers will come out."
Hilinski plans on attending Cal's junior day, and will possibly attend one of the Bears' two summer camps. Josh Rosen -- the 2015 five-star signal-caller out of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco – said he'll likely not attend any team camps this summer, and while he was at the Elite 11 event, he did not participate, citing the need to recover from a 16-game season.
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