Wednesday is South Carolina quarterback commit Ryan Hilinski’s birthday. And he has another present for Gamecock fans.
Hilinski affirmed his commitment with the Gamecocks earlier Wednesday, according to the Sports Talk Radio Network, and will be in town this weekend when USC hosts Tennessee. Hilinski followed that up with more public affirmation via Twitter on Wednesday night.
Hilinski, who is from Orange, California, received an offer this month from home-state Stanford, and this set off a familiar cycle of angst for many Gamecocks fans.
The four-star passer, a top-50 player nationally by the 247Sports composite rankings, committed to the Gamecocks in April and has since seen his recruiting stock take off. That’s meant more big-name offers, each one sending a segment of fans into a panic that he’ll leave the class.
It happened with Ohio State, Southern Cal, LSU and then the Cardinal. After the LSU offer came, he explained the reason he took the time to shout out the schools that offered on social media, despite being a firm Gamecocks pledge.
“It’s just out of respect to them that I post the offer,” Hilinski said.
There were reports the offer from Stanford was a “dream offer,” though he’d have to delay his enrollment schedule if he had flipped his commitment. He’s set to graduate in December and Stanford doesn’t take mid-year players.
He’s said throughout the process he’s a firm USC pledge and often tells reporters about talking to quarterbacks coach Dan Werner and coach Will Muschamp. Hilinski is supposed to visit Columbia this week for the Tennessee game.
He will play in two all-star games: the Pro Football Hall of Fame World All-Star Bowl on Dec. 22 at Azul Stadium in Mexico City, as well as the All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 5.
The early signing period begins Dec. 19. This season, he has thrown for 2,458 yards and 27 touchdowns.