"I love the atmosphere there. I visited with my cousin. He went to Iowa for school. He didn't play any sports, but I was able to see everything when I visited," said Hilliard to HawkeyeInsider.com. "Plus, it's just a great football team. It's defintely a school I would like to visit on a football visit in the future."
Measuring at 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, Hilliard played both sides of the ball as a sophomore. His play has warranted attention from schools like: Iowa, LSU, Florida, Iowa State, Michigan, and West Virginia. Recently, the soon to be junior picked up his first offer from Toledo.
"I like LSU, West Virginia and Iowa right now," he explained. "I also like Michigan a lot, but I'm not really an Ohio State fan."
An offensive tackle and defensive end last season, Hillard will make a transition to the inside on the defensive line this season.
"I definitely prefer being on the exterior of the defensive line. I'm able to use my speed to rush," said Hillard who expects to play DE in college. "As a young team, I have to play both ways, but anything I can do to make the team better."
When talking with Hillard (315-pound bench), one of the first things that sticks out is the high school star's humble attitude.
"It's so early for me, and I haven't proved I can play at that level, so it's hard to talk about playing college football," said Hillard in a recent Scout.com article."I just want to work as hard as I can, and be the best player I can become. If I do the things I'm supposed to do, then the college recruiting will take care of itself down the road."
The 2012 prospect has visited multiple camps this summer and plans to attend the Ohio State one later this month. HawkeyeInsider.com will be tracking him during his junior year and let Iowa fans know if anything breaks on his recruiting.