WEIGHT: 218 lb
DOB: November 14, 1995
HOMETOWN: Plainfield, New Jersey
RESIDENCE: Somerset, New Jersey
Touted for his leadership and peak physical conditioning, Rutgers running back Jon Hilliman is hoping to make his mark in the NFL. A three-time All American at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey, Hilliman accepted a scholarship to Boston College where he was a standout in the backfield for three years, earning All-Conference as a freshman. After graduating from BC, the New Jersey native decided that he still had more to give in the college game. He chose not to enter the NFL draft and transferred to Rutgers, a school closer to his boyhood home in Plainfield, New Jersey.
“I went back to school, and that allowed me to explore the grad-transfer thing right from the spring,” he says. “I was pretty happy about that. It was kind of the best of both worlds.”
The Rutgers program was happy about it, too. A power runner with elite blocking skills, Hilliman became a mentor to the younger players on the team, earning him the nickname “Pop Pop” for his wise counsel.
"I know they look up to me to lead by example and be the motivational leader as well as the vocal leader," says Hilliman about the nickname.
The 6’, 218-pounder has a new challenge: catching the eye of NFL scouts at this year’s Combine. His ability to quickly adapt to the Rutgers program proves he can step into any situation, whether he’s drafted or signs as a free agent. Given the high marks he received from his coaches on his maturity and poise, Hilliman has the goods to make his mark in the NFL.
Says Hilliman: “Surround yourself with people who are greater than yourself. It will either scare you and cause you to leave that environment or challenge you to rise above the environment. Ultimately it’s up to YOU!”
JON’S FAVORITE TRAINING SONGS
“Hustlers Ambition” by 50 Cent
“What More Can I say?” by Jay-Z
“Champion” by Buju Banton
JON’S NUTRITION ADVICE
A densely muscled athlete like Hilliman needs to eat big, but the Rutgers star makes sure his meals are clean while getting plenty of hydration. “The right nutrition can give an athlete the edge,” he says.
JON’S TRAINING ADVICE
Hilliman alternates sports-specific work with a range of training modalities to maintain the power and agility necessary to succeed as a power back with speed. He’ll utilize a mix of cardio, heavy weights, CrossFit principles, and other performance-based programming to get the job done.