"I was rated the top quarterback at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and the Stanford Nike Camp, and did well at the Elite 11 Camp in Palo Alto," said Hildebrand.
Hildebrand says the success from the Nike Camp has carried over into recruiting. "Ever since then, a lot more schools have been interested. But I still think I have just barely tapped into my potential. I am just trying to get better, working hard this off-season, and having a good senior year."
Hildbrand has four offers so far, from Colorado State, Oregon State, San Diego State and BYU. He also is expecting an offer from Colorado soon. "CU said they would be offering me soon, and I think ASU could be soon. They said they wanted to see my on the field more."
He attended the ASU camp in early June, and also spent a couple of days at both the Colorado and UCLA camps. "The two camps were a lot different. The UCLA camp was a little slower for me the first day, but the second day was better."
Hildebrand stood out in the quarterback drills at the UCLA camp, probably being the best quarterback prospect in the first two days. He also caught the eye of quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Steve Axman in the drills. Hildebrand said, "Coach Axman saw how I did in a couple of drills and singled me out to demonstrate. That was cool. My only problem was they used Rawlings balls and I am used to throwing a Spalding."
Hildebrand also was impressed with Coach Dorrell and his pedigree. "I know he coached with Coach Shanahan with the Broncos and he knows what he is doing. He seems to be a real classy guy. He is bringing a fresh start to UCLA."
Hildebrand, though, is still trying to attract an invite to the Elite 11 Camp. "Ever since I read about it, it's been my goal to go there. I motivate myself by the possibility of going there. Every morning I look at an article about the Elite 11 for motivation. I had a good showing at the Elite 11 tryouts in Palo Alto and they told me I had a good shot at making it."
Hildebrand comes from a Corona program that has sent several players to Division 1 schools the past few years, including Bruin guard Shane Lehmann. "I know Shane played here, and I knew his brother Randy. We have sent a lot of guys to college here, so Coach Brandom knows what to expect."
Hildebrand is on track to be fully qualified but will take the SAT again for his personal interest in doing better.