Player of the week: Justin Hilliard

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Friday, May 17, 2013
Sophomore linebacker Justin Hilliard high on Arkansas after visit.
Sophomore linebacker Justin Hilliard high on Arkansas after visit.

Name: Justin Hilliard

Nickname: Mamba

School: St. Xavier

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 225

Position: OLB

Class: 2015

Bench max: 365

Squat max: 480

40-yard dash: 4.7

Vertical: 35”

Number of years playing football: 6 years

Schools that have offered: Toledo, Indiana, Arkansas, Western Michigan, Western Michigan, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Ohio, Akron

Other schools showing interest: Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, North Carolina, Tennesee, Michigan, Texas, Oklaholma, Cincinnati, Clemson, …

I like Arkansas because: The fan base is ridiculous

Schools I?ve visited: Ohio State, Arkansas, Tennesee, Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan

In college, I plan to major in: Business

I like playing linebacker: You get to deliver the hits

Coach Taver Johnson is: a great guy, I talk to him almost twice a week

Best football moment: Getting my first offer because hard work pays off

My favorite play: A hit I made on a wideout coming across on a screen

Best player I?ve played against: Jalen Marshall, by far

Favorite high school team to play against: Moeller (rivals)

Describe what football means to you in 20 words or fewer: Football to me is much more than a game, it teaches you life lessons and gives you attributes that will help you thrive

My ringtone on my cell is: Iphone tone

Favorite NFL player: Lawrence Taylor, LaMichael James

Favorite NFL team: Carolina Panthers

Favorite music: Rap

Favorite song: Kendrick Lamar: Backseat Freestyle

Favorite book: Tim Tebow: Through my eyes

Favorite movie: Space Jam

Favorite TV show: E: 60

Favorite actor: Kevin Hart

Favorite actress: Lily James

Favorite food: STEAK

Favorite class: History

Dream Date: Queen of England

Hobbies: Playing rec basketball

The one thing I could not live without is: my phone

Role model: Tim Tebow

Three words to describe me: happy, outgoing, hardworking

People would be surprised that I: turned 16 less than a month ago

Ten years from now I?ll be a succesful businessman or playing in NFL. I have big dreams


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