Five-Star Linebacker Justin Hilliard Commits to Ohio State

By John Brandon on July 2, 2014 at 10:06a
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After a strong June on the recruiting circuit, July is off to an even better start for Ohio State with the commitment of five-star linebacker Justin Hilliard, who made things official just moments ago during a ceremony at his high school, Cincinnati's St. Xavier.

The Hilliard File

  • Class 2015
  • Position OLB
  • Size 6-2/230
  • School St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Composite ★★★★★
  • Rank 2 (OLB)

The top player in the state of Ohio chose the Buckeyes over his other finalists: Alabama, Iowa, Michigan and Notre Dame. He also had offers from just about everyone else, including Michigan State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, USC, Florida and Georgia.

Hilliard is the 11th member of the Elite 15, and could very soon be joined by another five-star, Jashon Cornell, who will be announcing his college choice today as well.

Hilliard is ranked as the No. 1 player at his position by all four of the major recruiting services. ESPN and 247Sports list him as a 5-star and the No. 1 outside linebacker, while Rivals and Scout list him as a 4-star and the No. 1 inside linebacker. At Ohio State, he most likely projects to inside linebacker.

Having leaders in the recruiting class is always important, and Hilliard gives Ohio State exactly that. He's built friendships with many of the country's other top recruits, and will be representing Ohio State at The Opening next week in Oregon.

"I just wanted to commit at the right time and I felt that was it," Hilliard told 11W last week. "I'm glad the process is ending because it's time for me to be a recruiter. I'm excited to go out and get a class together that will hopefully be a top-three class nationally. I've been thinking about that since I got my first offer. I want to win."

Between being the top player in Ohio, playing a position of need, and being from an area of the state that the Buckeyes have struggled to recruit well, Hilliard was a huge target and landing him was a major victory for Urban Meyer. As he does with a few of the top prospects, Meyer handled this recruitment himself, talking with Justin almost every day.

As a junior at St. Xavier, Hilliard recorded 56 total tackles (25 solo), 2.0 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery while helping lead his team to a 5-6 record and a postseason berth.

Hilliard joins Nick Conner at linebacker in this recruiting class. Ohio State is also considered the favorites for four-star Ohio linebacker Jerome Baker, who plans to announce on July 11th.

After a slow start, Meyer and Ohio State got hot in June landing seven commitments in 11 days. The Buckeyes will look to ride this wave in July, with announcements from Baker, Cornell and Damien Harris right around the corner.

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osu07asu10's picture
CONGRATS JUSTIN!!!!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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Crimson's picture
Boom!

Welcome to the Bucks!

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Hovenaut's picture

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

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D-Day0043's picture

I love me some James Brown!

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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OSUpawn's picture

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

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mobboss1984's picture

yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Happy birthday to me!

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee
 

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BrutusBuck21's picture

All Day BABY!!!!

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people."
The great all knowing Hayes.

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buckIalum's picture
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kyo's picture

You gotta be super excited to raise the roof in matching snuggies while out camping with the fam.

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DannyBeane's picture
HAPPY 4th of JULY EVERYONE!
BOOM!
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buckeyedude's picture

Winner!^^^^^^^ LMAO!

 

 

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OSUStu's picture
5* commitments are the most metal thing ever!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Rogabone's picture

"Who is that madman?" the new arrival asked St. Peter.

"That's God," St. Peter replied. "But he thinks he's Woody Hayes."

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toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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Adambob's picture
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danavh4's picture

Michigan Fan: "We lose a long snapper and the whole team goes to shit!"

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HeuermanTheFireman's picture

Flynt Flossy! +1 for you sir

The person responsible for toes clearly wanted you to stub them.

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

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German Buckeye's picture

That kid is downright creepy.

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dancorona5's picture

The only thing today will be missing is Meg

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

Awesome get. I remember that the initial recruiting reports on Hilliard were along the lines of "we have a lot of catching up to do." But they got 'er done.

Looking forward to again having a linebacker corps that lays waste to the Big Ten and beyond.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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AeroBuckeye2001's picture

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Ok, K-pop is great and all, but this one is a bit of a headscratcher and a stretch.  I give you an upvote for trying though.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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buckeyeT24's picture

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM!!!!

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dubjayfootball90's picture

YEA BUDDY!!! WELCOME TO BUCKEYE NATION, GOOD SIR!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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741's picture

This Brutus forever, please.

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chemicalwaste's picture

My sweet dick you type fast! or am I correct in thinking that this may have been written ahead of time?

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Citrus's picture

This gif was the moment that 11W broke. I didn't think it posted because I got that error screen. Sorry everyone.

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MikeTheBuckeye's picture

I woke up to this. Today is going to be a good day. In fact, this week is going to be a good week.

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BroJim's picture

11W is working again! It is a great day to be a Buckeye!

I season my simple food with hunger

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Unky Buck's picture

I've had to wait 3.5 hours to post this...but better late than never!!!

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Seattle Linga's picture

FIVE STARS crashing the 11W Interwebs - LOVE IT BABY

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jedkat's picture

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it's back!

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osu07asu10's picture

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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BierStube's picture

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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UrbanDreamz's picture

"Twelve months ago on Jan. 9, my mom's birthday, I made the decision to come back. I had one goal in mind and that was to win a national championship."  ~Mike Doss

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WhySoSerious's picture

Bang bang. Welcome big dog..

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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BierStube's picture

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

A commitment so big, it broke the site!

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Buckabroad's picture

Incredible work by Coach Meyer! Top prospect at a position of need from a place OSU has had trouble recruiting.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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osu07asu10's picture

Last two LB classes have been pretty damn nice..

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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Buckabroad's picture

Completely agree. Incredible LB classes, even with Mitchell transferring. Both Kwon and Hilliard show how valuable players are that have brains AND brawn. Imagine them on the field at the same time. You have to feel sorry for the opposition (almost).

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Mi.Buckeye's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation young man!

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Says all the right things and seems to be a great kid, much success to him on and off the field.  Great get for Meyer's staff and Buckeye Nation.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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kyo's picture

11W folks are getting creative with these gifs. I like it

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Awesome! Finishing strong!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Hilliard and Cornell...OH FUCK YEAH BABY!

Class of 2010.

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Sin City Buckeye's picture

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

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Daddypete's picture

Justin

Congratulations on making a great decision for your future. I am a member of "The Long, Blue Line" as you soon will be, and a 1988 Graduate of The College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University. I am really excited about you becoming a buckeye...the sky is truly the limit for you. I was blessed at St. X to play football for Coach Steve Rasso. He used to tell us that being a "Man for Others" was not just a motto at X, but a way of life. Keep that in mind as you talk to other recruits and best of luck to you. And one more thing. You had a brother go thru X, I had six. Do not ever take for granted the sacrifice your folks made for you to go to X and prepare you for success in the future, Trust me, most parents are not willing to do it (or just can"t). I hope your Mom and Dad are your heroes. Let's win the G.C.L. this year, o.k. 

"Stand and Deliver!"

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buckeyedude's picture

Great post, Daddypete, and I curse the one that DV'd you.

 

 

buckeyebfd's picture

Awesome day for the good guys.  I was curious about one thing though.  It seems like Boston College always has a Cincinnati linebacker from one of the catholic schools on their team. Were they ever in the conversation for Justin?

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome aboard!!!  I cannot wait to see him crushing the opposition!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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cajunbuckeye's picture

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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Athens BuckCat's picture

so pumped! great day on the buckeye recruiting front!

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ronbizi's picture

Hey fellas, joining the party late!  Just wanted to make sure the 11Warriors obligatory "new commit" GIF was included!!! 

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Thanks. 

I would like to go back to the beginning of good gray boxes (following all the shitty TatGate gray boxes of doom) and take credit for bringing this GIF in to 11W. I abandoned it a while back but glad it has remained. I take ownership for this as I do much of the internet. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Where can I find it Dump?

HeuermanTheFireman's picture

There are a lot of great gifs to live up to here. I'll be back later... Oh yea BOOOOOOOOOOM!

The person responsible for toes clearly wanted you to stub them.

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Knarcisi's picture

Looks and sounds to me like Cincinnati is becoming Buckeye territory. 

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KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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BuckeyeJAK's picture

Wow  what a linebacker group we will have the pleasure of watching. Justin We truly are grateful and welcome you aboard

Mark May is a mental midget

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ghalephoto's picture

Vey nice but hearing the moderator ask.."When did you decide to choose Ohio as your school" was a bit disheartening. I think when Justin watches the replay he wishes he could have put the wipe in his place for the question.  Welcome Justin to Buckeye Nation!!

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Seattle Linga's picture

We should keep this party rolling all summer long 

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Knarcisi's picture

Red, white, and Boooooooom!

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OsuPax's picture

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head." - Jack Tatum.

hspbuy1's picture

A belated Welcome aboard Mr Hillard!

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