Boston College running back Jonathan Hilliman is graduating this year, but it does not look like he is ready to quit playing. According to a report by nj.com, Hilliman is set to visit Rutgers University.
On Jan. 5, the New Jersey native seemingly considered Rutgers as a potential landing spot for his graduate transfer year.
Rutgers has had good luck with graduate transfer running backs as of late; specifically with the former University of Miami running back Gus Edwards in 2017. Edwards rushed for a career-high 816 all-purpose yards, seven total touchdowns, and earned an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and Co-Team MVP.
While rising sophomore Raheem Blackshear and incoming 2018 class recruits Isaih Pacheco, Daevon Robinson and Kessawn Abragam add a good deal of youth and eagerness to Rutgers running game, Hilliman provides a unique element to the mix—proven collegiate experience.
Hilliman’s career stats at Boston College will not wow you: 2,032 total rushing yards, 161 total receiving yards, 3.5 yards per carry and 26 total touchdowns in four years with the Eagles. However, stats do not always tell the whole story.
Watching Hilliman on tape, the 6-0, 224 pound back is a dangerous man on the college gridiron. Hilliman runs hard between the tackles. Any hole he sees, he shoots through like a bullet and has the size and strength to mow down defenders in his path. Versus Georgia Tech, Hilliman broke off a 73-yard touchdown run. This demonstrated his agility and patience for blocks to develop, as well as having the speed to outrun defenders.
Hilliman is strong enough to stiff arm and run through defenders, as well as shifty enough to hit a spin move, a cutback or a juke.
Hilliman also possesses experience in winning, especially during bowl season; having been to three bowl games with Boston College and winning the Quick Lane Bowl in 2016.
Hilliman would be a welcome addition to the Scarlet Knights roster. He’s agile and fast enough to miss defenders, while strong and tough enough to break tackles and run through box defenders.
As a grad transfer, Hillman will only have one year left to prove himself as a valuable asset to the Scarlet Knights. But looking at his highlights and career reels, one year is all he will need.