2015 Linebacker Justin Hilliard Puts Out A Top 10

Image via @JHilliard47

Arguably Oklahoma’s top linebacker target in the 2015 class, Justin Hilliard (Cincinnati, OH), released his Top 10 schools Monday morning via his Twitter account.

The Sooners inclusion should not come as much of a surprise for those who follow recruiting. For those who might not be as familiar, Hilliard — who is considered by many to be the top 2015 linebacker in the country — has already visited Norman (as evidenced in the picture accompanying this post) on an unofficial for one of OU’s Junior Days back in early February. Ever since, the Sooners have been in good standing with the talented Ohio product. Though as the list would indicate, there will be no shortage of competition for his services.

He has a brother that will be enrolling at Iowa, so there are some family ties there. As an Ohio kid, one would have to think Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are a very strong contender. And, of course, Nick Saban.

Hilliard has already visited six of the ten schools he listed, and has said he plans to hit the rest if he and his father can make it happen. After which he will narrow his list down to a possible five schools and make arrangements for his official visits.

The pressure is on Oklahoma linebackers coach Tim Kish as he continues to pursue one of the most talented players in the country at his respective position.

  • SoonerPhins

    Kish can coach, but I sure hope his recruiting picks up. I think this will be a very telling year for him.

  • tforce

    Love his ability to stand up OL in the hole.

  • Sooner Ray

    I believe some of our coaches have some history in that Iowa/Ohio area, can’t hurt our chances any.

    • Ryan

      Pretty much every single coach we have does.

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      Clearly, he was born to play under Stoops.

  • ohiosoonerdevildog

    Actually Blowhio state has done a terrible job the past few years in retaining the top lbs in Ohio. Jordan Hicks went to Texas and DePreist went to Bama. Lets steal this one now so I can rag on all my suckeyebuddies.

    • Jordan Esco

      Wasn’t Hicks before Meyer got there?

      • ohiosoonerdevildog

        He might have been. But around here O State is known for getting their choice of the in state talent, and here lately they have been slipping.

  • BigJoeBrown

    wow…that kid has some talent.

  • wolfbuilder

    Really need Kish to pick it up this year on the inside, we picked up Tay, Evans, and Bond but no insider that I know of, yes we got Jordan and Dom the year be for but if we miss on this class then we could be looking at very young or juco inside LBs in a few year and that’s not always good.

    Would be great to pick up 2 inside guys like Wheeler and Hilliard

  • David

    Yeah he needs to play for Mark Stoops and then his family and friends can drive an hour down the road to watch him play

  • BR

    i really like this young fella’s film, seems to read really well and likes to put punishment on the ball carrier….nastiness

  • SilverFox

    I agree with SoonerPhins