June 19, 2007

Hawaii underclassman has eyes for UCLA

Versatile, athletic junior running back Dalton Hilliard, from Honolulu (Hawai'i) Punahou, who started every game of his sophomore season in 2006, apparently impressed UCLA Coach Dino Babers enough to be one of the Bruin targets for the Class of 2009.

Small wonder, for the 5-foot-11, 175-pound back who rushed for 500 yards and snagged another 700 receiving yards from the slot position, is also hearing from the likes of USC, Colorado, LSU, Florida, and LSU.

Hilliard benches 270-pounds and was clocked at an even 4.5 in the 40 at a recent Nike Combine. Hilliard told Bruinblitz.com at a recent out- of -state camp, that he has been in touch with Babers via text quite frequently and has UCLA fairly high on his wish list. His father stated that UCLA was very high on his list of schools for his son, too.

The reason?

"The Head Coach-Karl Dorrell," the elder Hilliard said. "He is a joy to speak with and you just come away knowing and believing that he doesn't just recruit players for a team. Most any coach can do that. He pays attention to morals and values with these youngsters and develops men, not just players."

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