SCHOOL: Cincinnati St. Xavier.
SIZE: 6-foot, 2225-pounds
STAR RANKING: FOUR-STAR
POSITION RANKING: Number-two middle linebacker.
SCOUTING REPORT: Well built kid who is stocky and strong. Shows excellent instincts and feel for the game. Times his blitzes well, does a good job of avoiding blockers and packs a punch when he arrives at the ball-carrier. Has good tackling technique, plays under control and drives through his target. Good closing speed in pursuit, but must continue to work on lateral agility. Solid in coverage, but still an area he can keep improving in. - Allen Trieu.
WHY WAS Ohio State THE RIGHT SCHOOL? “I really didn’t notice it until I went on some other college visits how genuine the people are and how passionate the fans are at Ohio State (compared to those other places),” Hilliard told BuckeyeSports.com. “When I went on my last two Ohio State visits, I had time to build relationships, especially with the 2014 class. Those were some of the greatest guys I met on recruiting trips, and they were just being genuine with me. I thought I fit in really well with the guys.”