January 16, 2014

Commitment No. 24

Scratch Dontrell Hilliard off the short list of uncommitted players taking official visits to Tulane this weekend.

Hilliard committed to the Green Wave on Thursday night after an in-home visit from defensive backs coach Jason Rollins. Hilliard, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound all-purpose running back from Baton Rouge Scotlandville High, became the 24th commitment of the 2014 recruiting class.

"I like the educational opportunity and the way came with open arms," Hilliard said. ""That sat good with my parents."

Hilliard is the 16th commitment from Louisiana and the 15th on the I-10 corridor. He had recent offers from SMU and Oklahoma State, which went 10-3 in the Big 12 this past season.

"I looked at all my options clearly," he said. "Oklahoma State, that was too far away. I wanted to be closer to my parents."

Tulane's first bowl season in 11 years helped, too, and Hilliard said he really liked Green Wave coach Curtis Johnson.

"He's an amazing guy," Hilliard said. "He kept it real to me. He didn't lie."

Hilliard will join a backfield that loses leading rusher Orleans Darkwa. Tulane's returning scholarship running backs are rising seniors Rob Kelley and Dante Butler, junior Josh Rounds, redshirt sophomore Lazedrick Thompson and redshirt freshman Sherman Badie.

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