May 4, 2012

Himebauch connects with Cali QB

Wake Forest has been in close contact with Kelly Hilinski since the Demon Deacons offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch visited the Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame quarterback earlier this week.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Hilinski spoke with Himebauch Thursday, May 3 and said he is supposed to talk with Wake's quarterback coach Tom Elrod Friday, May 4.

"Their area recruiter [Himebauch] stopped by to let me know that the offensive coordinator was coming by in a couple of weeks to visit and watch me throw and hopefully make an offer," Hilinski said. "He's checking out a couple of guys in California to compare me in person to those guys and then make the offer to the best quarterback he sees."

Wake Forest is pushing Hilinski to attend its football camp this summer.

Harvard and Yale have also offered Hilinski along with Arkansas.

"I'm going to camp with them [Razorbacks] during the summer and see if it's a place that I'd like to play at in the next four years," Hilinski said.

Hilinski thinks Duke, Kentucky, Oklahoma, San Diego State and Utah are close making scholarship offers.

He grew up cheering for the Fighting Irish.

"I was good friends with Jimmy Clausen when he went to Notre Dame, and I'm friends with Nick Montana and his dad [Notre Dame alum and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana] and my dad and him are good friends," Hilinski said.

Hilinski, who is rated by as a three-star prospect and labeled as a pro-style quarterback said academics will be a major factor in his decision-making process.

The rising senior added that he only wants to play early if he can help the team and be successful, which fits Jim Grobe redshirt formula to help players grow and develop in the system and ease the transition from high school to college.

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