Before he called it a night on Monday, 4-star quarterback Ryan Hilinski spoke with South Carolina coach Will Muschamp.
That came hours after waking up to some not-so-pleasant news online. For Hilinski, who was concerned about not getting word about the Gamecocks’ latest 2019 quarterback offer, the conversation with Muschamp helped smooth things over.
“He just reaffirmed what I was going through and not to worry because that’s just what they are going to do in our class,” Hilinski said during an interview with SportsTalkSC‘s Phil Kornblut. “I’m his guy, is what he said. He wants to build the program with me. I talked to him and had a great conversation with him.
“My dad talked to [offensive coordinator Bryan] McClendon as well, so everything was settled. Nothing to worry about anymore. I was just a little confused at the time is all. They are definitely going to let me know in the future what they decide [to offer other quarterbacks]. I’ll definitely be the first to know. I’m not worried about that at all.”
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Everybody is back on the same page. No harm, no foul. Hilinski and the Gamecocks will proceed alongside one another and continue to try to grow the 2019 recruiting class.
Anyone who is worried about Hilinski looking to visit other schools can stop worrying. The 4-star quarterback from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High School doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“I don’t know if I’m going to take any more visits,” he said. “I probably won’t, but it’s always safe to have something in your back pocket in case something happens. But after talking to Coach Muschamp, I feel confident that I have South Carolina in my front pocket and I don’t need to worry about anything in my back pocket.”
Since late April, Hilinski has picked up offers from LSU, UCLA and Ohio State. Stanford has remained in contact and will watch him throw this week during practice. Southern California has maintained an open line of communication, but no offer has been dispensed.
“I’ve had a pretty good offseason so far and I felt like, with all the work I’ve been putting in, I felt like a couple more [offers] would come,” Hilinski told SEC Country. “And these guys have already been in touch with me since before I committed to South Carolina. I felt like they were going to come. I didn’t expect when they would come, but I felt like they would come eventually.
“But with LSU, Ohio State and UCLA, those are pretty big offers. It just solidifies, I think, that all the work I’ve been putting in is paying off.”