An Offer and a Leader

Not many sophomores in high school can claim offers from collegiate football programs. Finding LSU on that offer list is an even longer shot. This weekend, 2011 running back Kenny Hilliard landed among the few and far between.

When head coach Les Miles told Kenny Hilliard to get down for the first weekend in June, the Patterson-native did not expect anything out of the ordinary.

“I figured [Miles] just wanted me to get over to meet some more of his staff,” Hilliard said. “I thought I was just going to get there and talk to the coaches. You know, get to know them a little better and all.”

Instead of a meet and greet, the Tiger headman had bigger plans.

Miles, who does not frequent the sophomore crop with offers, handed Hilliard the word that he had been waiting his entire life for.

“Coach told me that I had an offer to become a part of the LSU program,” Hilliard said. “I went into shock. Coach Porter and coach Miles were just looking at me, and I froze.”

Surprise, Hilliard pointed out, can become a crippling element.

“I figured that one day LSU would come after me – given my family ties and being from Louisiana,” he admitted. “But for them to try to lock me up at my age, it let me know something. I am a priority for the program, and I know I could get in and keep things rolling.”

The family connections – ranging from former Tiger standouts Dalton Hilliard to Ivory Hilliard – are thick, which the 6-foot, 217-pound running back admits will weigh heavy come decision time.

“The offer was not just big for me, but my entire family,” Hilliard said. “Even if I never play a down in an LSU uniform, the Tigers came after me. That is something that I will always remember, and so will my family.

“When it comes to my choice, however, everyone is pressing LSU,” he added. “I know they will be behind me no matter what I decide, but I know where everyone wants me to end up.”

As for a take on the race for his services, Hilliard said that he was ready to make a statement.

“I think LSU is the early team to beat,” he said. “I have grown up a fan and I am from the area, so it is a comfortable spot for me. I just love the school.”

Of course, with offers already in from Tennessee, Texas A&M and Minnesota, it goes without saying that there will be a good bit of looking around.

Good luck to the opposition, the junior said.

“I still have a long road ahead with a lot to look at, but I am happy to be where I am,” he said. “I can say this, I think the other schools will have to turn it up now that LSU has offered.”

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Instead of a meet and\r\ngreet, the Tiger headman had bigger plans.

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Miles, who does not\r\nfrequent the sophomore crop with offers, handed Hilliard the word that he had\r\nbeen waiting his entire life for.

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“Coach told me that I had\r\nan offer to become a part of the LSU program,” Hilliard said. “I went into\r\nshock. Coach Porter and coach Miles were just looking at me, and I froze.”

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Surprise, Hilliard pointed\r\nout, can become a crippling element.

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“I figured that one day\r\nLSU would come after me – given my family ties and being from Louisiana,” he\r\nadmitted. “But for them to try to lock me up at my age, it let me know\r\nsomething. I am a priority for the program, and I know I could get in and keep\r\nthings rolling.”

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The family connections –\r\nranging from former Tiger standouts Dalton Hilliard to Ivory Hilliard – are\r\nthick, which the 6-foot, 217-pound running back admits will weigh heavy come\r\ndecision time.

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“The offer was not just\r\nbig for me, but my entire family,” Hilliard said. “Even if I never play a down\r\nin an LSU uniform, the Tigers came after me. That is something that I will\r\nalways remember, and so will my family.

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“When it comes to my\r\nchoice, however, everyone is pressing LSU,” he added. “I know they will be\r\nbehind me no matter what I decide, but I know where everyone wants me to end\r\nup.”

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As for a take on the race\r\nfor his services, Hilliard said that he was ready to make a statement.

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“I think LSU is the early\r\nteam to beat,” he said. “I have grown up a fan and I am from the area, so it is\r\na comfortable spot for me. I just love the school.”

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Of course, with offers\r\nalready in from Tennessee, Texas A&M and Minnesota, it goes without saying\r\nthat there will be a good bit of looking around.

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Good luck to the\r\nopposition, the junior said.

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“I still have a long road\r\nahead with a lot to look at, but I am happy to be where I am,” he said. “I can\r\nsay this, I think the other schools will have to turn it up now that LSU has\r\noffered.”

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