A fan of LeBron James since his junior year at St. Vincent-St. Mary's High, Jonathan Hilliman
was in heaven after game five of the NBA Finals.
But when asked what event was more exciting – King James winning his first NBA championship or picking up an offer from running-back rich Wisconsin – the answer wasn't so cut and dry.
"It's really tough to pick one," Hilliman told Badger Nation. "I feel like I know LeBron but I really don't because I am such a huge fanatic. The Wisconsin offer is just great because I have heard so many great things about the school."
While the journey of James towards his first championship finally culminated with a resounding victory, the recruitment of the 6-1, 207-pound St. Peter's Prep (NJ) High running back is just beginning.
Finishing last season with 58 carries for 426 yards and four touchdowns as the second-string back, Hilliman has been on Wisconsin's radar for almost two years, first spotted as a freshman when running back coach Thomas Hammock started recruited D.J. Singleton.
A standout safety for the New Jersey high school, Singleton signed with Wisconsin in February and has been telling Hilliman about how Wisconsin's offense suits a talented running back.
"I heard through D.J. that I was getting recruited by the (UW) coaches and that they were keeping an eye on me," said Hilliman. "I got excited about Wisconsin through what D.J. told me. They run the type of offense that benefits from a good running game. They have an un-believe-able offensive line for the past years who are big and nasty. They are really good at putting out linemen, which is good for a running back."
In addition to Wisconsin, Hilliman has picked up offers from Boston College, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers and UCF.
"I am considering all those schools," said Hilliman. "Each school has something special. Penn State because of the legacy of Joe Paterno, Miami is a beautiful place and put a lot of people in the NFL, Ohio State with all of its tradition and being known as THE Ohio State, Michigan has a great football program and all the other schools have something special about them, too."
Hilliman summer has been low key, camping at a Top 100 camp and took a visit to Rutgers for their skills camp. Hilliman also plans to visit to Boston College, Penn State and Rutgers during the summer and take more unofficial visits during the school year.
St. Peter's Prep (NJ) running back Jonathan Hilliman was in heaven on Thursday night - seeing his favorite NBA player win his first NBA ring and getting a coveted scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin.
St. Peter's Prep (NJ) running back picks up his 11th offer from Wisconsin