High school football prospects in the 2019 recruiting class cannot sign letters of intent until December, and until then they’re all fair game whether they’ve committed to a school or not. UCLA is taking this concept to heart, continuing to court 4-star quarterback Ryan Hilinski.
The Bruins recently offered 6-foot-4, 222-pound Orange Lutheran (Calif.) product despite his commitment to South Carolina on April 4. UCLA is one of three schools to offer Hilinski since that pledge, along with LSU and Ohio State.
Though he remains firm in his commitment to South Carolina, Hilinski told 247Sports’ Patrick Yew the UCLA means a lot to him.
“It’s a pretty big deal for me,” said Hilinski, the younger brother of former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski. “It solidified for me that all my hard work is paying off. I think it’s a big offer because I earned that offer. They watched me throw. In the NFL, they watch you throw and then they offer you a contract.”
Hilinski is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 169 player in the country, the sixth-best pro-style passer and the No. 19 prospect in California. He’s one of three quarterbacks UCLA has offered from the 2019 class along with 4-star Houston prospect Grant Gunnell and 4-star California prospect Jayden Daniels.