Boston College’s running back depth took an expected hit, as 247sports.com sources have told them that Jon Hilliman will be transferring to Rutgers for his final season of college eligibility.
Hilliman, originally from New Jersey, playing at St. Peter’s Prep, was a highly touted 4* recruit who came to the Eagles in 2014. In his first year he became the starter rushing for 860 yards, 13 touchdowns capped with a breakout performance against Penn State in the Pinstripe Bowl. His 2015 season was derailed after an injury after the first four games, in which he was given a medical redshirt. 2016 he became the feature back again, rushing 184 times for 542 times, and six touchdowns. In his final year at the Heights he lost the starting role to freshman A.J. Dillon but still finished with 642 yards and five touchdowns.
For the Eagles, of course next year will be the A.J. Dillon show. After Dillon, BC will utilize Travis Levy, Richard Wilson and David Bailey. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles look for some depth either in the transfer market, or a position change. Four running backs, especially in a run heavy offense isn’t a good sign.
Good luck to Jon, you certainly left your mark on the Heights!