"Coach Fabris said that Coach Richt likes to sign at least one quarterback a year, no matter what, so that has me excited. Georgia is only 100 miles away from home, competes for SEC championships and the coaches really seem to care about the players."
Hillary is one of South Carolina's hottest prospects. Within the last week, he or his coach have had contact with Virginia Tech (Mike O'Cain), Tennessee (David Cutcliffe), Georgia (Fabris), South Carolina (Richard Gillespie), East Carolina (Phil Petty), Maryland (John Donovan), Virginia (Levern Belin), among others.
According to Hillary, the reason for the sudden interest is because he was unable to fill a stack of college film requests until he was finished with basketball season. His game tapes did not go out until the last week of March.
"I talked with East Carolina for the first time the other night, and Coach Petty said their staff had looked at 16 or 20 quarterbacks from across the Southeast and he said they thought I was the best they had seen so far," Hillary said. "Coach Petty said I was definitely the most accurate of them all, and probably had the strongest arm."
Two weeks ago Hillary canceled a trip to Georgia for junior day and went to go see his older brother play in Appalachian State's spring game and ended up walking away with his first scholarship offer, courtesy of the two-time defending Div. I-AA national champions.
Hillary went to Tennessee's spring game last weekend. He plans to go to South Carolina's practice late Friday and then Georgia's spring game on Saturday. He has been invited to Nike Camp in Athens on April 21. He plans to go to prospect camps at UGA, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland, among others.
Last year as a junior, Hillary passed for 1,762 yards and 11 TDs. He also showed exceptional speed (4.68 in the 40) for his size, rushing for 752 yards and 10 TDs. His uncle is Ira Hillary, who played for South Carolina and for four years in the NFL with the Cincinatti Bengals, including Super Bowl XXIII.
Hillary has already met college entrance requirements with a 2.51 core GPA (3.3 overall) and 900 score on his first attempt on the SAT.