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.

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My name is Noah Patheja. I am currently a Sophomore at the University of South Carolina. I also write for the Daily Gamecock, which is the student paper at USC. I am the youngest of four children, and the only child in my family to not go to college in Alabama, even though my family has no connection to the state of Alabama. I have wanted to go to South Carolina since I was nine, and I was happy to accomplish my life goal of attending my favorite university. I haven’t followed football closely my whole life, but ever since I was 11, I have been fully invested in the Gamecocks, including having season tickets in 2014. A fun fact about me is that my family and I used to be Clemson fans a long time ago when we first moved to South Carolina.
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Content Creator at Armchair South Carolina , The Armchair All-Americans LLC
My name is Noah Patheja. I am currently a Sophomore at the University of South Carolina. I also write for the Daily Gamecock, which is the student paper at USC. I am the youngest of four children, and the only child in my family to not go to college in Alabama, even though my family has no connection to the state of Alabama. I have wanted to go to South Carolina since I was nine, and I was happy to accomplish my life goal of attending my favorite university. I haven’t followed football closely my whole life, but ever since I was 11, I have been fully invested in the Gamecocks, including having season tickets in 2014. A fun fact about me is that my family and I used to be Clemson fans a long time ago when we first moved to South Carolina.
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