February 2, 2012

Hilliard is ready

Bedford (Oh.) defensive end Myles Hilliard changed his commitment from Pittsburgh to Syracuse early in the week. Yesterday he signed his letter of intent to Syracuse and he spoke about his game.

For the 6-foot-6, 255 pound defensive end his game was great in high school, but in college he will have to improve and get ready for the college game.

"Right away I have to improve my speed. I came into this season running a 4.7, but that was faster than my junior year when it was a 4.9. In the offseason I will be working on my speed and lateral quickness. I feel like my strength is there, but at the next level I will need more speed."

He does feel he will bring one aspect of his game that will not need a lot of improving and that item is not what most defensive ends talk about.

"Actually believe it or not I would say it is my run stopping ability. I played defensive tackle during my sophomore and junior years and I moved to end this year. I am really really lean I am about 265 right now and you can't tell unless I step on a scale, I would say my strengths are my run stopping ability and my awareness, my awareness to see play-action before it happens or a draw before it happens and my reaction time is great."

Hilliard always wanted to play college ball, but he was not sure until recently how that would work out.

"Actually I did not have a defining moment. I have been playing football since I was nine years old and I was never the biggest guy I was short and chubby playing little league ball. I can remember when I was nine I was so big that I had to play with the fifteen year olds. Then I got tall and I really shot up around my tenth grade year. I can remember it seemed going to bed one night during tenth grade and I was 5-foot-9 and waking up 6-foot-4 and that kind of turned me into the direction of improving my game to the point where I could go to college. I am glad to now have the opportunity to play at Syracuse University."

Making changes to his game is nothing knew and that mindset will help him as he heads to college.

"The high school game is a lot slower in college the running backs are a lot less elusive and the quarterbacks will be better. I feel like it will be tough, but once I get in there I think I will be all set."

Yesterday Hilliard signed his letter of intent to Syracuse in front of family and friends.

"I had little press conference at my school around noon over in our stadium building."

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