Four-star running back recruit Jonathan Hilliman of Jersey City, N.J. decided to stay close to home, committing to Rutgers on Thursday.
The 6-foot-1 215-pounder rushed for 1,471 yards and 21 touchdowns last season as a high school junior. Hilliman, the No. 42 ranked running back in the 2014 recruiting class according to Rivals, tabbed Rutgers because they're "making a turn for the better and it's going to be great to be a part of that." Rutgers beat out Ohio State, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin and others for Hilliman's services. Rutgers will play in the American Athletic Conference this season before moving to the Big Ten in 2014. "They're getting a 220-225 pound back in the Big Ten that can run, catch, and block very well and that can be a big asset," Hilliman's high school football coach Rich Hansen said. Aug 19 - 2:46 PM