"Recruiting has gone really well I've gotten a couple of offers lately so I'm excited about what is to come later this week," Hilliard said. "I've come to the conclusion that I'm done being under the radar."
How much contact had he had with the Gophers staff before he received his offer?
"Coach Sawvel and I talked for a lot before they offered. He talked about how I can fit in their system and be successful. And he talked about how they needed a linebacker like me."
Hilliard explained some of the factors that he'll be looking for in a potential school.
"Some of the factors I look for in a school are a good atmosphere, a great coaching staff that really wants me and the players' team chemistry," he said.
In the offseason Hilliard plans on working on his block shedding and pass rushing techniques. He finished last season recording 101 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.