January 26, 2009

Hillman says he is down to two

The battle for the signature of California running back Ronnie Hillman is down to two schools - Colorado State and San Diego State. That is according to the 5-foot-10, 175-pound back. Hillman was in Fort Collins this weekend and said things went well during his three days on campus.

Hillman owns a 4.39 time in the 40-yard dash and was the Southeast Division Player of the Year for La Habra (Cal.) High School after rushing for 1,251 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 56 passes for 853 yards and 13 scores.

Hillman said he was told by the Rams' coaches that they are looking for him to play slot receiver and they told him they were interested in finding a lot of ways to get the ball into his hands. Hillman added he is willing to play multiple positions in college, but would prefer to play running back.

"I got in on Friday night," Hillman said. "We toured the campus and talked to the coaches about the school. The campus was pretty nice. It was more traditional and it was more like an old-school kind of college campus."

"It snowed and I had not seen snow in a long time," Hillman, who was hosted by Marquise Law, added. "It was cold, but it wasn't, 'I am so cold I am about to die,' cold."

This month Hillman has been on visits to San Diego State, Fresno State and now Colorado State. He said those are all the visits he has planned and is somewhat relieved to be done with visits and looks forward to just making his decision.

For Hillman, he is hoping for a decision to be made before signing day, offering his feeling that San Diego State has better weather, but Colorado State may be a little more tradition-rich.

"The big thing is the quality of people and the place that I will spend the next four or five years of my life," Hillman said.

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