Hilliard excited to see Lincoln

With only a few spots left in the 2009 class, Nebraska is getting ready for another big recruiting weekend. One player all set to make the visit is Dalton Hilliard from Honolulu (Hi.) Punahou School. The all-purpose running back has many offers to this point, but is there one that has separated itself from the others?

Most high school players around the country play several different positions, Dalton Hilliard is no different. With the ability to make plays from anywhere on the football field, he finds himself lining up at almost every position. But Dalton says there is one spot that he enjoys most.

"I kind of line up everywhere on offense. I play running back, full back, in the slot and on the outside," said Hilliard. "Wherever they need me I play, I haven't had to play defense yet, but when we start playing the better teams I might. That's fine with me, whatever it takes to win."

I like all the positions, but running back is my favorite."

He went on to say what he brings to the table at that position.

"I think my strong point is being able to create in space. Don't get me wrong, I'll hit it up in there too. But coaches like what I can do in the open field. I take pride in making the first guy miss and then turning that into a big play for my team."

I play a lot in the slot as well, so I'm comfortable catching the ball also. All the coaches recruiting me said they liked me because I'm a play maker that can run and catch."

It seems Dalton has also had time to make a list of his top schools. With well over a dozen BCS offers to choose from, it looks like Nebraska has made the cut.

"Yes sir, I have it narrowed down to a few schools. Nebraska, Colorado and Arizona are in the lead right now, I just like they way they've recruited me. I decided to drop Stanford out of there."

Does one school stick out over the others?

"I really like Nebraska, they've been recruiting me real hard. That is what has me really excited about my visit to Lincoln this weekend. I'm ready to take that official, and see what this Nebraska football is all about."

When my parents and I started researching all these colleges and saw all their tradition, academics and all the players they put in the NFL, you know you can't go wrong."

Dalton also spoke about some of the coaches from the Nebraska staff, and what it's been like getting to know them.

"I've spoken with coach Beck numerous times, I really like him. Coach Beck is real down to earth. I love the down to earth coaches that you can just sit there and talk and it doesn't necessarily just have to be about football, and that's how he is."

And then with head coach Pelini there, I was like OK I need to make sure I tell them I'm very interested. I love coach Pelini and what he is all about. He is an awesome guy and a players coach, so players like that."

It also seems Dalton's father wouldn't mind seeing him don the red N.

"My parents won't be able to come with me on the visit, my mom just had surgery and my dad needs to be here with her. My dad has been helping me with this whole process, and he's been really excited about Nebraska. He knows about all their tradition and the great running backs they've produced."

And if everything goes right on the visit in Lincoln?

"It's possible, because I'm definitely really interested in Nebraska. I really, really like the coaches. I just think on this visit I'll get a chance to see what Nebraska football is all about. There is definitely a good possibility I could call my parents up and say hey, I really like this place, this is where I want to go."

Dalton does have officials set for Arizona (Oct 24) and Colorado (Nov 8), but it seems much will depend on his visit to Nebraska this weekend. Big Red Report will bring you the latest on Hilliard following his visit.

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