Justin Hilliard
Justin  Hilliard


Cincinnati, Ohio

High School:
St. Xavier

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 230



11 Buckeyes Graduate; 34 Named Academic All-Big Ten

Ohio State will suit up 14 college graduates for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

Ohio State Overview: Justin Hilliard was one of a number of young linebackers who stood out during the team's 2017 spring drills ... this after he missed much of two seasons with separate biceps injuries with the second coming during the 2016 season after Hilliard had played in each of the team's first three games ... he made four tackles in the first game he played in as a Buckeye, vs. Bowling Green ... he is majoring in family resource management.

More on Justin: Hilliard was a 5-star recruit by both 247Sports and ESPN and one of the top linebacker prospects in his recruiting class ... rated as the No. 1 outside linebacker by ESPN and No. 2 by 247Sports, and the No. 1 inside linebacker by Rivals ... also held lofty overall rankings of No. 17 on the ESPN 300, No. 30 by 247Sports and No. 45 on the Rivals 250 ... PrepSports ranked him No. 32 nationally and a member of its 150 Dream Team ... Hilliard was a finalist as a senior for the Dick Butkus Award and he was an Associated Press all-state selection and its Division I defensive player of the year ... helped lead coach Steve Specht's St. Xavier team to a 10-3 record in 2014 and a state semifinals appearance after recording 71 tackles and five quarterback sacks ... had 76 tackles, four sacks and seven passes defensed in 2013 ... named a U.S. Army All-American but did not play as he was recovering from a knee injury ... is the son of Diane and Carl Hilliard ... older brother, C.J., is a running back for Ohio University.