UGA recruiting: Elite target not affected by program’s riches at QB

Ryan Hilinski, the 3-star QB from California, s hared his remarkable outlook about moving forward from his life after his older brother committed suicide this past January.  He’s picked up an offer and will be a name to watch for UGA recruiting this cycle.

He’s “very interested” in playing for Georgia and in the Southeast. He made it sound like it would be very likely that the Bulldogs would crack his official visits list when he’s ready to lock in those schools.

He also seems like he’s warming to playing in the South. When asked about his 220 pounds, he had an interesting reply.

“Going to need that to play in the SEC,” he said.

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Ryan Hilinski is rated as the nation’s No. 12 pro-style QB prospect for 2019. (Contributed photo)

The 6-foot-4 pro-style passer (rates No. 12 on the 247SportsComposite) also has a unique view of the quarterback depth chart in Athens.

It is definitely top-heavy. That’s just fine by him.

“I know they only have two kids on scholarship and three walk-ons,” he said. “That’s what they told me. I’d be the third guy on scholarship if I decide to go there. I think it is a great place.”

Hilinksi knows all about Jake Fromm and Justin Fields. That’s aces for him. He’s even thought about the chances of him signing with UGA and maybe not even getting key reps until 2021.

“In my family, I don’t that competition is a thing that scares us,” he said. “I don’t worry about giving it my best competing with those two and ending up on the sidelines. If you look at all the greats, they had to sit at one point of their life. Maybe not the greatest of the great, but Tom Brady sat behind some guys and learned from some of the best.”

He understands the degree of difficulty at Georgia.

“Justin was probably the best (QB) in high school last year,” he said. “Jake’s the best in college right now. If I can learn from those guys and get all their pointers and then maybe put that into play maybe when I get a chance in 2021, I think it could be really fortunate for me.”

Hilinski views that as a resource rather than a restriction to his playing career.

Ryan Hilinski on Georgia’s shot 

The Orange Lutheran (Calif.) senior for the 2018 season does plan to enroll early. He visited the Bulldogs last month and felt it was one of his three best visits on a long trek across the South.

“They offered when coach (Kirby) Smart wasn’t there,” Hilinski said. “Coach Smart was in Mexico when they offered. For them to have the confidence in me and for him to have the confidence in me to extend an offer without seeing me in person was awesome.”

The offer hit the mark.

“I thought it was unbelievable,” he said. “Georgia is Georgia. They are national championship contenders. Having an offer from there was surreal. Especially after visiting. I think that place is going to be good for a while now.”

Assistant James Coley was his tour guide for most of the visit. They toured all over the facility. Hilinski even said that Coley “understands him the most” when they get a chance to talk.

“He’s great,” Hilinski said of Coley. “When I talk to him, I think he really gets it. I can tell from our text messages back and forth that he’s looking out for my best interests.”

“I think it is a great place and Georgia is just starting to be great again,” he said.

He spoke with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney for about eight minutes. He said that Chaney called him that “Cali kid” when they first met. Chaney made him laugh. A lot.

“It was awesome,” Hillinski said. “He makes me laugh. That’s for sure.”

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