Hometown: Claremont, Calif.
High School/Previous School: Notre Dame High School
Coach Mangurian on Hilinski: Highly productive in a high level of competition. Works both from the gun and under center. Exhibits good pre-snap awareness and control. Good movement skills in the pocket, good awareness and reads the whole field. Eyes always working downfield, but knows where to go if it breaks down. Excellent accuracy, can deliver the ball on the move. Confident and competitive. Shows excellent arm strength and touch. Kelly has all the tools and intangibles. He should thrive in our system.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. ... Played for head coach Kevin Rooney … Was captain of his senior year team and All-Serra League quarterback … Turned down scholarships at Arkansas, Colorado, UNLV and Wyoming… Also played baseball, track and basketball.
INTENDED MAJOR: Pre-Medicine
PERSONAL: Parents are Kym and Mark Hilinski ... Has two younger brothers, Tyler (16) and Ryan (12).
FUN FACT: Hilinski is heavily involved in ALS support and hopes to make a substantial impact on the disease and ultimately discover a cure.
WHY COLUMBIA? “Columbia is the perfect combination of academic integrity and athletic pursuits.”