Hilliard likes individual attention

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sophomore linebacker Justin Hilliard high on Arkansas after visit.
Sophomore linebacker Justin Hilliard high on Arkansas after visit.

Sophomore linebacker Justin Hilliard received a lot of 1-on-1 attention when he and his father visited Arkansas April 3-4.

"I liked it a lot In was the only one there for a recruiting visit," Hilliard said. "It was only me so I got a lot of attention."

Hilliard, 6-2, 220, 4.67 seconds on the 40 yard dash, of Cincinnati St. Xavier High School has scholarship offers from Indiana and Iowa but was told the Hogs will offer him at some point. Linebacker coach Randy Shannon told him where he was needed should he become a Razorback.

"He said if I did go to Arkansas I would be a middle guy," Hilliard said. "Which in their defense is coming from the top, coming down really and a little bit more blitzing."

He had a long and enjoyable conversation with Coach Bret Bielema.

"We talked about everything for about an hour," Hilliard said. "He was talking about his wife. He's a great guy. He was cracking jokes. He's a like a calm guy sort of. Not one that goes off but tells you what you need to do to get better."

Hilliard said his family is familiar with cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson's family because his wife and Hilliard's mother know one another.

"She's from Dayton and my mom is from Dayton," he said. "They knew a lot of people we knew."

Hilliard is high on Arkansas but an offer from the Hogs would elevate his interest.

"I think they would be at my top right now," he said. "I think Arkansas might have helped because I talked to Ohio State last night. They said they should be offering me soon. They're (Arkansas) at the top right now but I think with an offer they would definitely be at my top."

Hilliard, who plays left field and third base in baseball, hit .586 in junior varsity last year and is batting .360 this season.

"The baseball coach found out I was down there," Hilliard said. "I got to talk to him We took a full tour of the baseball complex. They said if I were to end up at Arkansas they would want me to play baseball."

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