November 26, 2011

California QB visits Boston College

Kelly Hilinski is a 2013 quarterback from the west coast that is drawing looks from schools all over the nation. While he's still waiting for his first offer to come in don't let that fool you. He's a guy that coaches from every conference know about. Don't be surprised if his stock takes off.

At 6-foot-5 and 190-pounds the Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame signal caller is just starting to come into his own.

Last year, Hilinski's sophomore year, Notre Dame ran the read option from the shotgun, an offense similar to Oregon's hurry up. That wasn't the best fit for Hilinski so this year the school worked two backs and two tight ends into the offense more and that seemed to be more to his liking.

"I'm a pro-style QB with a strong arm and the ability to read defenses," Hilinski said.

Of course, so much of quarterback evaluation is about finding the right guy with the right intangibles. Hilinski thinks he has that going for him.

"What really sets me apart is my off the field work and preparation," he explained. "I'm the hardest working kid on the team. That's what separates me from other quarterbacks with good arms and size. It's the intangibles and leadership abilities."

On Saturday, Hilinski was in Oklahoma for the Sooners' home game against Iowa State. It was a big win for the Sooners and he enjoyed the experience in spite of the snow flurries, rain and 40 mile per hour wind.

"I went out there last summer but I hadn't been back. Coach Stoops and Coach Heupel wanted me to get the game experience," he said.

In spite of the weather the Sooners appear to be in great shape with the California signal caller. While he hesitates to use the word "favorites" two schools are in good shape.

"I really like Stanford and I really like Oklahoma right now. I think they're great schools. Stanford's academics and Oklahoma is a traditional powerhouse.

"Boston College and UCLA are two more amazing schools."

Oklahoma and several other schools have told Hilinski that they like what they've seen but they want him to camp over the summer yet again so they can compare him to some of the other quarterbacks they're evaluating.

Where does BC fit into the mix?

"I was at Boston College recently because I was in the Boston area for Thanksgiving. I was visiting my uncle, who's in the area. It worked out so I could see BC and Harvard so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone.

"I've been talking to Boston College and that's one school I'm really interested in. I really like the coaching staff and the way they've handled themselves and how they've been progressing. I got to tour the campus and thought it was really nice.

"I like the program, the coaches and the offense they run. I'd be honored and happy to play anywhere in college. If you get that chance you're lucky. I just want the opportunity."

BC hasn't offered but the Eagles clearly have Hilinski on their radar.

"Coach Spaz and the other coaches seem interested in me. I took a tour of the campus and was able to sit down with the coaches and talk about my season and the upcoming recruiting process," he continued.

"It went really well. I was happy with the talk."

Hilinski said the number one factor in his decision will be academics as he wants to go into medicine after football is over.

"BC's tradition really stands out," he said. "That's one thing that really stands out about them. I want to go somewhere with great academics but also a chance to win. Hopefully I can win a national championship wherever I go."


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