Most high school athletes would be satisfied with just a single scholarship offer. Many of them could not fathom having so many offers that they could hand pick where they wanted to attend college.
Then there are the rare breeds as in the case of Patterson (La.) product and soon to be legend Kenny Hilliard (6-0, 217, 4.6).
Prior to committing to LSU last December, Hilliard held offers from programs such as Alabama, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Auburn, Texas A&M, and Miami, among others. His offer sheet was a result from his first three years at Patterson where he rushed for 6,714 yards and 82 touchdowns on 826 carries.
Hilliard only needs 1,335 yards to become the career all-time leading rusher in Louisiana, a record that is currently held by Germaine Williams, who played at LSU and finished his career with 8,048 yards at Acsension Catholic.
That type of production would be enough to quench the hunger of many prep stars, but not Hilliard. The four-star prospect has intentions of shattering records this upcoming season.
“It’s no pressure at all,” Hilliard said of the expectations that are set before him this upcoming season. “I’m going to try to rush for 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns. And I think if I could reach 3,200 yards then I’d break some kind of all-time national rushing record for a career. I know it’s going to take some work and that’s why I’ve been preparing my body for it in the weight room because I know I’m going to get a lot of touches this season.”
In fact, Hilliard said aside from his studies, most of his time is devoted to the gym and the field. He claimed life has changed a little since his commitment to the Tigers, but he is not letting that interfere with his mission. If anything, it has motivated him to take his game to another level.
“I go to school every day and then I work hard in the weight room,” stated Hilliard. “I haven’t been doing anything too different. I noticed that a lot more of the underclassmen look up to me at school, though, and that has kind of made me work even harder when I’m running and working out. But, I’m not letting the attention get to my head. I’m staying humble about everything.”
Hilliard admitted that one of his mentors that have kept his mind focused on his priorities is one of LSU’s latest coaching additions.
“Coach Frank (Wilson) and I talk like every day,” Hilliard said of the Tigers’ running backs coach. “I call him and we usually talk about what’s been going on and then he asks me about my grades and workouts. He wanted me to attend the first junior day, but I wasn’t able to make it. I’m going to try to make it to the next one on March 27.”
Hilliard will likely be one of the many committed and uncommitted recruits on hand for the LSU spring game festivities. But Hilliard isn’t going strictly as a spectator.
“I’m going to try to get some more guys to commit while I’m there,” he said. “I remember how we (Hilliard, Anthony Johnson and Jarvis Landry) got Alonzo Lewis and Terrance Magee to commit. We were telling them about LSU and how we should keep it in Louisiana. We told them they should commit and they listened to what we had to say.
“So if I see other recruits at the spring game, I’m going to tell them the same thing,” Hilliard added. “I’m not going to put too much pressure on them, but I will let them know what they can expect to get out of LSU. I’m going to try to get them to commit, but at the same time not stress them out about it.”
And as far as Hilliard recruitment, he said LSU fans need not to worry.
“I’m solid with LSU,” Hilliard concluded. “I’m going to stick with my commitment. Other schools have even laid off in recruiting me because LSU is where I want to go.”