Wilson and Hilliard Already Close

With a switch at running backs coach in Baton Rouge, Kenny Hilliard is ready to settle into a relationship with new assistant Frank Wilson. Fortunately for LSU, the two are old friends.

It is difficult to blame anyone for attempting to better life for themselves and their family, as is the case with former LSU running backs coach Larry Porter.

While he was known as one of LSU's top recruiters and will be dearly missed by the LSU faithful, no one, including recruits, can blame him for accepting the opportunity to be the head coach at Memphis.

The same can be said for former Tennessee wide receivers coach Frank Wilson, who recently accepted the running backs coaching position at LSU (though it won’t be made official until early next this week).

Wilson, the former coach of O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans, simply could not pass up the opportunity to be closer to his roots in Louisiana.

Like Porter, Wilson has also made a name for himself as being one of the nation's top recruiters.

This past weekend, Hilliard kept a close watch on the Wilson news. When it became official, the wait began.

“I expect coach [Les] Miles or coach Wilson to get with me this week, for sure,” Hilliard said. “The cool thing is, I already am cool with coach Wilson. He was the one that gave me my offer from Tennessee, and that was a big reason I liked them early. He came down to my house and everything.

“Now, I bet that will pick right back up with him in Baton Rouge. I am just ready for him to start building on our relationship at LSU.”

Hilliard, who rushed for 2,512 yards and 32 touchdowns this season, remains uncommitted, though he maintains that LSU leads for his services.

The Patterson High standout earned the 2009-2010 Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year award, and was also nominated for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award, which will be announced in mid-December.

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