Hilliman looking at spring U-M visit

St. Peters (Jersey City, N. J.) 2014 running back Jonathan Hilliman is a prospect on the rise in the Garden State. GBW caught up with Hilliman as he talked about his interest in Michigan, what he is looking for on his visit, his decision timeline, and more.

St. Peters (Jersey City, N. J.) 2014 running back Jonathan Hilliman has double digit offers and is one of top prospects from the garden state. One of the first schools to offer their services to the there-star RB was Michigan last summer, and the Hilliman hasn't forgotten.

"It was one of my first offers," Hilliman told GoBlueWolverine. "It was my third offer actually. I got it before my junior season. They were pretty much impressed with my highlight tape from my sophomore year. The coaches have come to see me. We talked about the school and probable visit dates for spring ball. The contact with Michigan is very good. I can definitely say Michigan is one of the top schools that has been recruiting the hardest at this point."

At 6-foot, 210-pounds, Hilliman starred for St. Peters in his junior campaign.

"My junior year, I did pretty well," he said. "I had 123 carries for over 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns. I contributed pretty well on defense, too. I feel I made some strides and improvements form my sophomore season."

With a possible visit to Ann Arbor sometime this spring, Hilliman says he will be looking at more than just the academics and football facilities when on his visit to campus.

"I know a great deal about Michigan's academics form what I have hearing from my recruiting coordinator," he explained. "I know about their football dynasty already. I pretty much want to get a sense of how the coaches are. I want to see how the city of Ann Arbor is and the people around, the athletes there, just all around. I know the two main preferences I have in picking a school (academics and football), I already know most about. I definitely want to see the coaches, student, the campus and everything else."

What are Hilliman's majors factor behind his college decision?

"Besides academics, I want the school to feel like home to me," he said. "I want to be at school that feels like family and where I am most comfortable."

While Michigan remains one of the top schools recruiting Hilliman, he said Ohio State, Rutgers, Arkansas are other notable schools showing considerable interest.

As far as a decision time table, Hilliman says a decision will most likely happen around National Signing Day 2014.

"My plan is to commit around signing day. I might sign before the season, but most likely it will be after my season," he said.

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