Hilliard's name is well known throughout the state of Louisiana not only because of his relation to former New Orleans Saints running back Dalton Hilliard, but more so because of his own play on the field.
This past season Hilliard rushed for 2,512 yards and 32 touchdowns bringing his total from the past two seasons to a whopping 4,889 yards on the ground and 66 scores. Those kinds of numbers landed the standout performer early offers from the likes of LSU, Notre Dame, Alabama, Miami, and Tennessee, among others.
According to the Patterson High School product, he was humbled by the early offers, but all along he knew where he wanted to be.
"I'm excited," Hilliard expressed after committing to LSU. "I just love the school and that is where my heart has always been and that's where I want to be. I'm really excited about my commitment. This kind of took a lot of pressure off of me."
The four-star prospect had been pondering when and where he should pull the trigger. Last night, the Tigers' newly acquired running backs coach, Frank Wilson, was in the right place at the right time making the timing of the decision even easier for Hilliard.
"I called Coach Wilson after the game and we were just talking and he asked me what I wanted to do," Hilliard explained. "I told him I wanted to go to LSU and then he got really excited and started jumping around! Then I got on the phone with coach [Les] Miles and told him about my decision and he got all excited too."
There is a long way to go until signing day for Hilliard and recruiting always brings some twists and turns. However, don't expect too much drama to pop up when it comes to this front.
"I told all of the coaches that my commitment was solid, but I still wanted to see what else was out there and enjoy the process," Hilliard added. "They didn't say much about it because I think they understood where I was coming from. They know how I feel about LSU."
And those feelings on LSU are strong to say the least.
"I love LSU," Hilliard said. "My whole family loves LSU and they will get to watch me play college football. Coach Wilson is a great guy and he will be my coach so when you throw everything into the mix it just doesn't get any better."
LSU is now up to five commitments for 2011 as Hilliard joins Jeremy Hill, La'el Collins, Corey White and Anthony Johnson as Tigers.