The Trojans offensive line assistant James Cregg and quarterbacks coach Clay Helton went to a couple of Upland practices this spring, according to Hilinski, and the Upland team will be participating in a 7on7 camp at USC in late June.
A Southern California native, Hilinski says he grew up a fan of the Trojans. "I'd love to go there," he told FOX Sports NEXT at Dana Hills AirStrike. "It's a great school academically and I've grown up watching Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer, and John David Booty. It was awesome."
Hilinski, however, is aware the Trojans have already picked up a commitment from 2015 quarterback David Sills.
The 6-foot-4 186-pound prospect isn't necessarily deterred by the commitment, but is keeping it in mind as the recruiting process continues.
Hilinski says the Huskies are after him the hardest right now, "[Washington] said if I perform well at their camp, they'll offer.
"I've been getting a lot of letters from everywhere, but the only coaches I've actually spoken with is [Washington quarterbacks coach Marques] Tuiasosopo, [Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike] Norvell, and [Alabama offensive coordinator Doug] Nussmeier."