He is 6’3, 185 pounds, 14 years old, and wears a size 14 shoe, oh and he is in the 8th grade. His name is Ryan Hilinski, a Southern California product that will soon take his aim about being one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2019. He is not off to a bad start, having had a incredible youth football career that has set up a high school career that should not fall short of the hype. In the fall Ryan will attend one of many schools on his short list to play high school football. Southern California known as one of the top 3 states nationwide where football talent is supreme has and unlimited amount of schools Hilinski could choose from to start his high school career. Santa Margarita, Loyola, and Upland are among 3 of about 6 schools Ryan is considering. The school having the right mix and fit for him on the field and of coarse off the field will be the place to be.
Ryan is by far not your typical kid playing QB that just so happens to be good. He is the baby of a family who has been producing quarterbacks for the Inland Empire for the last 6 years. Ryan is the Son of Mark Hilinski who ironically did not play quarterback but was responsible for sacking them as an all CIF defensive end for local Damien High School. I guess you could say the Hilinski family is 2 for 2 in the QB/scholar student category, Ryan having two older brothers that had successful high school careers that led to college scholarships, most recent his brother Tyler is at Washington State preparing for spring ball after graduating high school early. Most people would say Ryan has big shoes to fill but his size 14 shoe is already bigger than his brothers. Talking to Ryan his personality will jump right out at you. He is well spoken and handles himself like a seasoned pro when it come to the Q & A session. He stated he is excited about what is to come at the next level and looks to compete at the highest level right away.
Ryan was asked: “Have you always played quarterback or did you fall into it?” his reply “I was born to play quarterback, its all I have known, I love playing the position and most of all I love to compete and show I’m one of the best at it”. Ryan has no shame in striving to be the best and when you think about it, why should he when you put in as much time and hard work into becoming the best. Despite “Deflate Gate” Ryan is still a big Tom Brady fan but actually models his game after his older brother Kelly. Ryan said, “My older brother is who I most model my style of play after, he was about my size being tall and big at an early age so it has helped me learn tricks of weight balance and moving my feet in the pocket” . However, Ryan will tell you himself that he listens to both his brothers even when they get on his nerves because they know what their talking about and they are where he wants to be, College.
With spring fast approaching and his final months of Jr. High coming to an end Ryan has a short to-do list that he will follow. He will be joining Football Hotbed on Saturday April 25th in Upland CA for the Super Regional All American Combine after receiving All American Honors last year. He also has plans to continue working with long time QB coach Mike Esquivel, working on footwork, pocket presence and accuracy. Last will be what high school he will attend in the fall. Ryan has in incredible supportive family that will shower him with love and support for the next four years that will have Ryan right where he wants to be. Ryan would love to play QB for any Pac 12 or Big TEN school. In 2019 I expect Ryan to have offers from schools representing both conferences with trips scheduled to once again make a decision on where to play football and study. This could very well be history in the making. Football Hotbed wishes Ryan nothing but the best and looks forward to him participating in his home town at this years combine. Ryan is tremendous with a bright future. Some High School will be getting a special kid in the fall to help contribute to their program and community.