October 10, 2010

Hillary talks UW official visit

When Darius Hillary, a three-star cornerback prospect from Cincinnati, packed up for his official visit to Wisconsin, he was under the impression it would be cold.

But even considering the calendar read October, the temperature felt more like August as it climbed towards a balmy 80 degrees.

"That was really nice," Hillary told BadgerBlitz.com Sunday afternoon. "I thought it was going to be cold, but it wasn't."

Neither was the action on the field.

Behind a steady balance offensively, Wisconsin was able to roll rival Minnesota 41-23 inside Camp Randall Stadium Saturday afternoon. In doing so, the Badgers created an atmosphere that sat very well with Hillary.

"The atmosphere was crazy," Hillary said. "There were a lot of people there. It's always good to play in front of a big crowd so I thought that was pretty fun."

Having arrived on campus Saturday morning, Hillary was able to enjoy a campus tour and all the amenities and resources the UW football program has to offer during his stay in Madison.

Current UW freshman Frank Tamakloe hosted the Ohio native and seemed to have left a favorable impression on the high school senior.

"He's a very nice person and he showed me around pretty well," Hillary said. "I think very highly of him because he's a very smart person and he's really good in football."

Hillary especially liked how the campus was set up.

"I liked it a lot," he said. "Everything that we saw there was nice. We got to take a tour around the whole campus. Everything is pretty much close together and all your resources are there so you don't really need to go out very far to get what you need.

"Everything that you need is right there. I thought that was pretty nice."

During the visit, Hillary also had an opportunity to sit down and discuss his recruitment with most members of the UW coaching staff.

"I got to talk to most of the coaches and see where their heads are at with the whole recruiting process and things like that. We just talked about where my head was at, where I was at in recruiting and how I would fit in at Wisconsin. That's pretty much what we talked about.

"We were on the same page with pretty much everything."

Offered as a cornerback, the UW coaching staff also said they could see Hillary filling a void at wide receiver.

"It's pretty much what I want to play if I commit there," Hillary said in reference to playing cornerback or wide receiver. "If I come there and then I don't want to switch then I've just got to let them know and talk to them. If they still think that there's one position that I'm going to be better at then they'll probably keep me at that."

Hillary, who isn't in a hurry to commit and is willing to wait a bit before making a decision, has already visited Boston College in September. He is also trying to set up visits to Illinois and Stanford as the season progresses.

Regardless of future visits, it seems as though Hillary's trip to Madison is one that went particularly well.

"They left a good impression on me," Hillary said. "I'm trying to take my other visits to see what else is out there, but they left a really good impression."

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