Friday night’s playoff win for Patterson, a 34-24 defeat of Westlake, brought with it another big night for Kenny Hilliard: 131 yards and four touchdowns.
“I was just feeling it,” Hilliard said. “Westlake knew that I would get a bunch of the work, but they couldn’t stop me. Our team played strong, and we are going to bring that same game this next game against St. James.”
If the playoffs bring the same success that the regular season brought, Hilliard and Patterson High are in for a ride. With 2,078 yards and 28 touchdowns, the junior tailback led the state in rushing.
Of course, LSU running backs coach Larry Porter and head coach Les Miles have been in the ear of the four-star back for some time.
In September, when junior prospects were first allowed to receive written scholarship offers, Hilliard’s letter was one of the few that the staff extended.
A little over a month later, LSU picked up a 2011 running back commitment in Redemptorist High’s Jeremy Hill.
With Hill a member of the class so quickly, anxious LSU fans wondered how Hilliard would be affected.
So far, it seems that Hill’s presence has only benefitted the Tiger side.
“Jeremy and I talk all the time, and he is definitely trying to get me to go ahead and be part of that class,” Hilliard said. “He and La’el Collins actually called me on Saturday night to ask me if I was going to make it in town for the game. I was not headed in, but I know he was looking for me. I would say we are becoming pretty close.”
Although he didn’t make it to Baton Rouge, Hilliard did catch Louisiana Tech’s showdown with the Tigers on television.
“I could tell that LSU was playing down after losing Jordan [Jefferson], but Louisiana Tech made them pay because they weren’t scared,” he said. “They went in there and thought they could win, and LSU had to step up.
“I thought that Keiland [Williams] played well, especially stepping up with Charles [Scott] down. He closed it out when they went back to him at the end.”
As for the recruiting front, the 6-foot, 217-pound prospect is still in the same spot he has been since his recruitment began.
“LSU is still sitting pretty,” Hilliard said. “With playoffs starting, I have not been getting around to taking calls from coaches. I will deal with all that after we get done playing football.”