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Southern California-area quarterback Ryan Hilinski says he will return to UGA for G-Day on April 21.

QB Ryan Hilinski remains intrigued by UGA as his rankings rise

Jeff Sentell

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet for Monday night calls for another chat with newly minted 4-star quarterback Ryan Hilinski

Ryan Hilinski can look at his 3-star quarterback days in the rear-view mirror.

There was a time when the 6-foot-4 prospect from Orange County, Calif., rated as the nation’s No. 12 pro-style passer for 2019. He’s upped that 247Sports composite ranking after a series of strong camp performances.

He has had a very good March when it comes to slinging it around. To say the least.

Hilinski picked up the first of those camp MVP honors for his position group at an Adidas/Rivals 3-Stripe camp event earlier this month in Los Angeles.

He followed that with an eye-opening performance at a Nike The Opening regional. The 225-pound prospect earned the MVP honor among the golden arms at that event.

That showing also netted the first national invite to the annual Elite 11 quarterback derby that takes place each June.

It isn’t a coincidence that Hilinski earned MVP honors last weekend at a 7-on-7 event, too.

His rankings reflect that. The Orange Lutheran standout now rates as the nation’s No. 8 pro-style passer for 2019.

He has made it clear he plans to return for another Southeast visit tour this spring. He will be back to check out spring games in the SEC at Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina.

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Georgia assistant James Coley has been big in recruiting Hilinksi, who said Coley is “real” when they talk.

Hilinski has been telling DawgNation for weeks now that Coley gets him like very few recruiters do.

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Ryan Hilinski has earned his fourth star on the 247Sports composite rankings. (Ryan Hilinski/special to DawgNation)

There is no sugarcoat. No coachspeak. It is a pitch-free zone.

“I know it is real when we talk,” Hilinski said.

There was also a “great” recent discussion with Georgia coach Kirby Smart. Smart chatted with Hilinski before he received the Elite 11 honor.

“We just talked about his family,” Hilinski said. “How much he likes my film. This was a couple of days before the Elite 11.”

When he picked up the invitation, Smart texted him.

“He said, ‘We need to have phone calls more often,’ assuming he was joking,” Hilinski said.

He said he sees big things ahead for the Bulldogs, especially given the talent Smart’s program has attracted of late. It also appears he wants to play college ball in the SEC.

He also continues to view Georgia’s top-heavy riches at the quarterback spot as a positive.

Hilinski said Jake Fromm and Justin Fields would be resources to his playing career. Not roadblocks.

“Justin was probably the best [quarterback] in high school last year,” he said earlier this year. “Jake is the best in college right now. If I can learn from those guys and get all their pointers and then maybe put that into play maybe when I get a chance in 2021, I think it could be really fortunate for me.”

He plans a Friday-Saturday trip when he comes into town for G-Day on April 21.

When he decides to pare down his options, it would not be a surprise to see the Bulldogs make his final group and earn an official visit later this year.

What does he look like on the field? Well, he considers himself a huge Tom Brady fan. But the reality is his film maybe parallels a little more of Ben Roethlisberger’s game than it does Brady’s.

Take a look below.

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