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4-Star QB Ryan Hilinski Announces Top 7 Schools

Orange Lutheran star quarterback Ryan Hilinski signals to a teammate.

Ryan Hilinski is a four-star quarterback out of Orange, California. He's whittled his list of potential schools down to seven.

Hilinski is a name probably familiar to many college football fans, for a tragic reason. Earlier this year, his brother Tyler Hilinski died from an apparent suicide.

Tyler Hilinski spent time starting at quarterback for Washington State this past season. He was the favorite to take over the starting role for Mike Leach's club this fall.

The younger Hilinski will have the chance to pick up that mantle and play for a big-time college football program. Back in February, he revealed that he'd be checking out a number of strong programs across the country, from Oregon all the way out to SEC Country.

His new top seven reflects that large range of potential landing spots. Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas A&M are all on the list.

Ryan Hilinski announced his top seven via tweet last night.

Ryan Hilinski gave an Easter shout-out to his brother in the tweet. He also included this note:

"After much discussion with family, coaches, and friends, I have narrowed down which schools I would like to be focusing on for the remainder of my recruiting. I would like to thank everyone that has offered me a chance to play for their respected University. This experience has been more amazing than I could have ever expected. From this Top 7, I will be releasing a Top 3 in two weeks after I get a better feel on which University is the right fit for me as both a student and athlete. With that being said please respect my decision on narrowing down the schools and here is my Top 7 in no specific order!"

Hilinski stars at Orange Lutheran High School. He is ranked No. 37 overall in the state of California.

247Sports ranks him the No. 308 recruit in the class of 2018. He's the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the class.

Landing a big-time quarterback like Ryan Hilinski early can really set the tone for a class. So far in 2019, only four-stars Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma) and Dylan Morris (Washington) are off the board. The early expert predictions are bullish on the SEC schools included, with Georgia and Ole Miss receiving predictions.