Recruiting

Gamecocks’ QB commit Ryan Hilinski looking forward to heading east from California

Ryan Hilinski

The South Carolina Gamecocks have picked up momentum on the recruiting trail in recent weeks, much of that stemming from the commitment of four-star quarterback Ryan Hilinski.

GN caught up with Hilinski to talk about his commitment and how a prospect from California ended up committing to a school in the SEC East.

“I went out and took a visit to their spring game, it was my second visit to Columbia and I just fell in love with it again,” Hilinski told GN regarding his commitment to South Carolina. “My second visit was better than the first and I told myself going in that if it’s better than the first one than I think it’s the place for me.

“The coaches made me feel super comfortable. The took care of my family on my visits and I just think South Carolina is the place and I want to be a part of it.”

Hilinski, (6-feet-3, 218 pounds) from Orange, (CA.) Orange Lutheran, is among the top-10 pro-style quarterbacks in the country and a top-325 overall recruit nationally for the 2019 class.

“It’s a blessing every day and I know that this wasn’t just given to me, I had to work hard to get to this point,” Hilinski said regarding his high national ranking. “It’s just a blessing and I’m very thankful for it.”

Hilinski, who committed to South Carolina over offers from Georgia, Missouri, Ole Miss, Oregon, Texas A&M and many others, did so in-large part due to his relationships with the South Carolina coaching staff.

“It’s been great and I get texts from Coach (Will) Muschamp every day,” he said. “I also have a great relationship with Coach (Dan) Werner; he is a great quarterback coach and a great person. I have a great relationship with a bunch of the coaches on the staff.”

But how did a prospect from California end up committing to South Carolina?

“South Carolina was my third offer, they offered me during week two of my junior season and they have been recruiting me the same ever since,” Hilinski said. “You can just tell that people are different in South Carolina. They really care about football and they really care about you. I just really like that atmosphere and it’s way different from California for sure.”

RELATED: South Carolina shows off up-tempo offense in spring game.

As for the type of quarterback South Carolina is getting in Hilinski.

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