Ohio QB making a name for himself

After LOI day, when the new recruiting season started, his name was not on everyone's list of potential big time QBs. Several others in his home state have been mentioned before him. After the Nike Combine in Columbus, others now have taken notice of QB Tim Hiller (6-4, 205, 4.69) of Orrville HS.

In 2003, Hiller completed 55% of his passes for 2,820 yards and 18 touchdowns, along with 17 interceptions. Hiller is mobile, rushing for over 200 yards and scoring 6 touchdowns. The 17 interceptions are one thing Tim hopes to cut down on in 2004. Orrville employs a spread style offense with multiple receivers. Hiller was named to the Northeast Inland All-District Team and 1st team All-Conference (Ohio Cardinal).

Maryland, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Marshall, Bowling Green, and Michigan State have been recruiting Tim the hardest. Pittsburgh visited him at school on Monday. Currently his top 5 teams are Maryland, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Marshall, and Pittsburgh. He has paid visits to each of those schools this spring.

Which one stands out right now?

"Maryland is a very good fit for me. Offensively, they spread the ball around much like our offense at Orrville. The facilities are great, as were the other schools that I have visited," said Hiller.

Hiller is an outstanding student with a 4.0 GPA. He scored 27 on the ACT and 1160 on the SAT. He is on the National Honor Society. Besides The Nike Combine, Hiller may attend the MSL/Insiders Combine at Cincinnati on May 29th and 30th. This summer, Tim is planning a series of 1-day camp trips to Miami-OH, Toledo, Marshall, Michigan State, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, and Bowling Green.

Are you a vocal guy in the huddle?

"I try to be vocal, but I believe in leading by example."

What are the strengths of your game?

"Accuracy, arm strength, I think I have good touch on the ball, and I'm mobile."

How about weaknesses?

"My decision making. I need to cut down the interceptions. I need to develop my footwork more."

In the spread, do you do more 3-step drops or 5-6 step drops?

"We run 60% under the center with a mixture of different drops and 40 % shotgun with mostly quick drops."

Since you run the spread, how is your ability to recognize pre-snap reads, call an audible and use hot calls?

"I do a lot of pre-snap reads and hot calls on blitzes. I'd say I'm pretty good at it. The coaches give me control to make the calls."

What are your goals in 2004?

"I want to make the playoffs. We got knocked out in the first round. I'd like to win the league and advance as far as we can."

Do you compare your game to any NFL signal callers?

"I like watching Peyton Manning and Chad Pennington. I like the way the Colts run their offense."

What are the main contributing factors in your decision process?

"I will be living at the campus for 4-5 years. I want to make sure I'll be comfortable there. I want to major in Business/Finance or Sports Management, so the school should be strong in my major. I usually follow my gut feeling and I'll know where I want to be"

Hiller plays basketball for Orrville and was an Honorable Mention All-Ohio selection averaging 18 PPG while rotating between the small forward and shooting guard spots. He has a max bench of 250 lbs. and a max squat of 345 lbs. Orrville finished the year with a 6-4 record and returns the majority of their starters on both sides of the ball.

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