The Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, CA) product visited Arizona on March 19 and included the Wildcats in his Top 7, but he decided to take his talents east instead.
Hilinski is the eighth-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class and the 308th player overall, per 247Sports. He is also ranked as the 11th pro-style quarterback by Rivals.
He is the youngest brother of former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski who committed suicide in January.
Ryan Hilinski went 294-for-421 for 3,749 yards, 33 touchdowns and 6 picks through the air in his junior season. He also picked up 80 yards on 87 carries and 6 scores on the ground.
Other schools in Hilinski’s Top 7 were Oregon, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Georgia, and South Carolina.
While Arizona did not land him, it is a good sign that the Wildcats were at least in consideration. They were rarely in the running for highly-ranked recruits in the past few years.
Not to mention Arizona had 2020 five-star quarterback DJ Uiagalelei on campus last weekend.