God blessed me with talents that cannot be wasted. We may never know the reason why Ty did what he did but we know how we can continue to make him happy even when he’s not here. If you are ever suffering, reach out to someone close, call the suicide hotline because YOU are MORE! https://t.co/azk6q4MQGy
— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) June 26, 2018
Ryan Hilinski is currently the second highest rated commitment for South Carolina right behind 5-star defensive end Zacch Pickens. He is currently rated as the number 73 player and number two pro-style quarterback in the nation, according to 247Sports.
Ryan has gone through a wild journey to get to where he is today. His brother, Tyler, committed suicide in January. Tyler was a quarterback for Washington State and was only 21 years old.
On Tuesday, Ryan’s parents confirmed that Tyler had suffered from CTE prior to his suicide. His parents also said that Tyler had the brain of a 65-year-old, but they weren’t sure whether or not that was the main cause of his death.
Ryan has dedicated his whole career to his older brother, who was crucial in helping him succeed throughout high school and become one of the most talented quarterbacks in the country. Ryan competed in an Elite 11 event earlier this month, where he was listed as a top three quarterback and received an invite to the Opening, which is an annual competition featuring the most talented recruits in the nation. Ryan also succeeded this month by becoming a top 100 player nationally for the 2019 class on every recruiting website.
Tyler has been a primary influence on his younger brother ever since Ryan started his football career. Ryan committed to South Carolina on April 4, the day after his family spread Tyler’s ashes over the Pacific Ocean. Ryan reached out to Tyler and knew that South Carolina was the right place for him.