CoachSpeak: Scouting Jonathan Hilliman

Rutgers made another splash at Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep with the commitment of three-star running back Jonathan Hilliman. Hilliman committed to Rutgers Thursday evening during a preseason team barbeque

Rutgers picked up its third running back commitment in the 2014 class Thursday evening in the form of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep three-star Jonathan Hilliman.

Hilliman announced his verbal commitment at a press conference following a team barbeque event.

"No matter what, Rutgers is an attractive program, an attractive school," said St. Peter's Prep head coach Rich Hansen. "I think he likes the school a I think [coach] Kyle [Flood] has demonstrated that."

Hilliman chose Rutgers over Ohio State.

"I think Jon is one of those kinds of kids that really wants to be wanted and wants the comfort and security that the head coach has a plan for him," Hansen said on Hilliman's decision.

Hilliman is the No. 40 player at his position in the class of 2014.

"The thing about Jonathan that's pretty unique is he's a good combo," Hansen said. "He's got good speed, but he's also a powerful kid. He runs with power. He runs with that speed that is needed at that level. I think he's as good a combination back as you can find. He's 6-1, 210, and he can grow to be 220.

"He's a good blocker. He understands protections, which is usually the learning curve with backs coming out of high school. I think he brings a lot to the table."

Hilliman's freshman year at Rutgers will be the senior year for Savon Huggins, who chose Rutgers after a five-star high school career at St. Peter's Prep.

"He'll have a chance to spend a year learning from his former teammates and all that other stuff," Hansen said. "I think he will end up being a really, really good college back."

Hilliman also joins former Prep lineman Keith Lumpkin, safety Sheldon Royster and defensive back Leo Ferrine.

Ferrine, a former Notre Dame standout, played for Hansen at St. Peter's Prep and is now a recruiting assistant for Flood.

"Leo is a former player of mine and he has a lot of respect a tour place, and I think he was able to clarify some things for him," Hansen said. "He's gone through the process before."


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