February 12, 2008

Hilliard adds offers

Based off the early attention he has received from colleges, Dalton Hilliard figures to be one of the top 2009 prospects from the Aloha State.

The 5-foot-11.5, 183-pound running back from Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou earned first-team all-state, all-conference and team Offensive MVP honors last fall as a junior.

Known as a versatile back, Hilliard prides himself on his relentless running style.

"I hardly ever get tackled on the first hit," he said. "My goal is always to make the first guy miss and once I do that, there is a good chance that it will go for a big play. I also have good speed."

Colorado was the first program to offer Hilliard a scholarship.

"Stanford has also offered and I have a verbal offer from Notre Dame," he said when asked if any more schools have stepped up to the plate.

Cal, USC, Oregon and Arizona are other colleges that have shown early interest in Hilliard.

"I have high interest in Cal, Stanford and Colorado right now," he said. "Stanford is my most recent offer and I know they have great academics so going there would be a great opportunity. Plus, Coach Harbaugh was an NFL player. I am intrigued with that because playing in the NFL is my future goal.

"Stanford is a great school but there are a lot of other schools I am interested in too. I went up to Colorado this past summer for their camp and I saw that Coach Hawkins had already been improving their facilities. He said they were going to get some big time recruits in there and I know they got Darrell Scott. Coach Hawk said next year's class is hopefully going to be just as good."

In addition to Colorado, Hilliard attended camps at USC, LSU and UCLA last summer.

Is he planning to wait through the recruiting process? "I'm not sure, it depends," Hilliard said. "There are a lot of schools coming by saying that they are going to offer me in the spring. Depending on how these next few months go, I might try to make an early decision. It would be nice to do that so I can take the pressure off and focus on trying to help us win a state championship next season."

He is often asked whether he is related to the Dalton Hilliard that played in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints between 1986-1993. "I don't think I am related but we don't know for sure," he said. "My dad is the one that wanted to name me Dalton because he was a big fan of his. My mom actually got his phone number from one of the coaches at LSU and I got a chance to talk with him."

Hilliard is currently playing basketball. His team is heading into the state finals.

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