Ohio State will suit up 14 college graduates for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
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.
HILLIARD'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
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