Name: Jonathan Hilliman
Position: Running Back
Weight: 210 lbs.
Hometown: Westfield, NJ
High School: St. Peters
2013 Stats (HS): Captured 2013 MaxPreps All-America honors ... earned all-State recognition ... captured Hudson County Player of the Year honors as a senior; earned All-Hudson County first-team selection ... earned 2013 All-Non-Public first-team honors as well as all-county first-team recognition ... became the school's first 2000-yard rusher; carried 216 times for 2,007 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior; also caught 12 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown ... also ran track.(via BCeagles.com)
2014 Projections: There will be a few true freshman that contribute this year, and I expect Hilliman to be one of the more crucial. Out of ACC media day Steve Addazio said that he would mostly be using Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse, but I would expect Hilliman to earn some playing time as well. Out of the backs his films show the most college game ready, and I would project him to jump up the depth chart and get some significant carries by the end of the season. He is going to be an exciting player to watch as he grows in Ryan Day's system.
How'd He Get Here: A 4* running back out of New Jersey, Jon chose Boston College over claimed offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Rutgers, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Ohio State and numerous other major programs. He originally committed to Rutgers but decommited to join the Eagles after Andre Williams' successful season.
What Steve Addazio Thinks about Hilliman and Outlow: "We're talking about two big-time backs and I anticipate them playing right away. My mindset is to play this class. Does that mean everyone will play right away? No, but I want to play this class. I told them we'll get them in, get them playing, and build it for the future. There's some real talent in this class. You mention two guys who are dynamic players, both big running backs. We're still going to maintain a big, physical presence even though we'll have a little more of a spread component attached to us. We're not going lose our identity as a big, physical team but we'll be able to do it in a few different ways and add a bit of an option to the game. These guys are coming in to carry that rock and they'll be able to do that."
On why he chose BC over Rutgers: "I've been talking to them. When I explained I was in an uncomfortable situation with the school I committed to, people just randomly came back into the picture. I always knew Boston College was a sleeper for me because it was a great place, a diamond in the rough. But they were 2-10 last year. That's just something I was looking at and was skeptical about them. I didn't know if I could do something like that. Their running back wasn't really running for that many yards. And in just over a year, a total turnaround. The same running back became a Heisman finalist. And now they are 7-5 going to a big bowl game. And I saw what I needed to see on my official."
Twitter: He is found on Twitter under the username Chestnut Hilliman (Great name) and the handle @J_M_H23
It's gonna be a fun 4 years. All I gotta say is if you thought those prep days were exciting?......hahahahaha #StayTuned— Chestnut Hilliman (@J_M_H23) July 6, 2014
Uniform History: There have been some notable players that have worn #32 during their tenure at Boston College. Running back Darnell Campbell was a starting running back in 1993, wore the number on his way to rushing for over 1,000 yards. DeJuan Daniels changed from cornerback to wide receiver and became a contributing member of the 2000 team with a dozen catches. Andre Callender a running back who caught Matt Ryan's pass against Virginia Tech in 2007 wore #32. Kevin Pierre Louis, now a linebacker with the Seattle Seahawks, wore the number during his time as a starter for the Eagles.
Boston College Football: Jonathan Hilliman Decommits From Rutgers Commits To Boston College (BCI)
Rutgers Recruiting: Why Hilliman Chose Boston College over Rutgers (NJ.com)
Addazio Signing Day Teleconference (BCeagles.com)
Boston College Football: RB Jonathan Hilliman (Soaring To Glory)
Jonathan's Game Film Highlights: Click Here