Michigan makes Hilliman's Top-6

St. Peter's Prep (N.J.) '14 RB, Jonathan Hilliman talks why U-M made the cut, BBQ visit and more.

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) senior running back, Jonathan Hilliman announced his top-six schools on Wednesday. The list included Ohio State, Michigan, Miami, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Rutgers.

At 6-foot, 213-pounds, Hilliman says the Wolverines' made the final cut because of how early they showed interest in his services.

"Michigan is one of the earliest schools to offer me," Hilliman told GoBlueWolverine. "They are one of the schools to show a renowned interest in my services. And I have really fell in love with the coaching staff as a whole. They have come to visit my school a couple times. They have shown how important I am to them and how important I am to the future of their program."

The Maize & Blue picked up a huge commitment in five-star cornerback, Jabrill Peppers late last month. Peppers, who stars Paramus Catholic (N. J.) High, happens to be friends with Hilliman. The two Garden state stars are friends on and off the field, and Hilliman says Peppers is trying his best to get him to be part of Michigan's 2014 class.

"Jabrill has been trying to recruit me," Hilliman said. "We have a good on and off the field relationship. It's pretty competitive, but we are pretty good friends off the field. I mean he is pretty much letting me know about Michigan, their recruiting class, and some of the things they got planned. So definitely Michigan is something on my mind. I mean, the biggest thing is I need to go up to Ann Arbor and see what all the fuss is about."

Hilliman says he planning on visiting for Michigan's annual Barbecue at the Big House in July.

"I really want to check out the academic side. I know that the Michigan academics is definitely one of the best in the world. So I definitely want to see my particular major. I want to see what they have to offer. I just want to go up there and see the atmosphere of the campus. I want to speak with former players, players, and get a sense of what Michigan stands for as an institution and a program."

In Michigan's 2013 class, the Wolverines' signed two blue chip running backs in Derrick Green and DeVeon Smith. Both runners are expected to come in this fall and compete for early playing time. Hilliman says he is aware of the two backs, but says if he were to choose Michigan he would be open for the competition.

"Competition is a cornerstone to success I believe," Hilliman said. "I am not really shying from competition. I am pretty much very open to fighting for my spot and nothing is going to be given to me. You know, on my first year on campus and do what I have to do if Michigan is the school that I choose. The more competition the better. It make me and the people around me better players."

As far as a decision timeline, Hilliman says a late commitment is the most likely scenario.

"I'll probably make it after my visits or officials," Hilliman said. "Whatever that time can be, I want to do it on signing day. I kind of didn't want to draw this process out. I also wanted to do it before the season started. I feel like that won't give me enough time though. I'm just trying to see how I feel. Once I feel it, that's when I am going to make my decision. It will be known."

In the meantime, Hilliman says he won't be camping anywhere this off-season and is strictly working on having a huge senior campaign.

"I haven't really done any camps," Hilliman said. "I've gotten a lot of camp invites, but really don't want to do it. I just want to focus on the season. I'm just really trying to sharpen my skills as a player and continue to work on things I need to work on going into my senior year. I'm just getting everything fine tuned and just getting ready for a really big senior season."

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