The South Carolina Gamecocks have their quarterback of the future.
On Wednesday, Ryan Hilinski announced on his Twitter page he will join the Gamecocks as a highly regarded recruit:
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Hilinski is a 4-star prospect and the No. 308 overall player, No. 8 pro-style quarterback and No. 37 player in state of California in the class of 2019.
He is notable for more than just his talent, though, as he is the younger brother of former Washington State Cougars quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who was found dead in January after taking his own life.
"This past weekend pretty much summed it up for me," Hilinski said after visiting South Carolina, per Ben Breiner and Phil Kornblut of The State. "I feel comfortable. They took care of myself and my family and I couldn't be more happy. I just feel comfortable and got a feeling today (Tuesday) after I spread my brother's ashes."
Ryan tweeted about spreading Tyler's ashes in Hawaii on Tuesday:
Big Bo @ryan_hilinski
Big Ty, this was your peaceful place! We knew you loved it here and we thought it was only right to let you go at this spot. Even though we say goodbye today, we know you’re still with us tomorrow. The ocean is yours big bro! Here lies Tyler Hilinski, my brother and guardian! https://t.co/SeD350Oc0e
Hilinski's commitment comes after he tweeted his top seven choices were South Carolina, Arizona, Georgia, Oregon, Arizona State, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
According to Breiner and Kornblut, Hilinski threw for 3,749 yards, 33 touchdowns and just six interceptions last season, underscoring his ability to tally impressive numbers while also protecting the football.
South Carolina checks in at No. 8 in 247Sports' team rankings for 2019, and Hilinski now gives the team a quarterback in the group as head coach Will Muschamp looks to build a consistent contender in the SEC.