Ferentz on Hillyer
Not a ton out there on Jacob Hillyer. He's a tall wide receiver from Somerset, Texas, which is in the San Antonio range.
But there here is some of a scouting report from ESPN:
"Hillyer is a late blooming receiver prospect with a lot of talent and promise. May be falling under the radar, but we like this guy's upside and overall package to develop at the next level.
Tall and lean and will need to fill out his frame to continue winning the jump-ball matchup and fight for positioning versus bigger, major level defensive backs. He is a sure-handed receiver with a large catch-radius and good concentration and leaping skills making him a difficult matchup on the jump-ball.
Extends well away from his frame. He will go up and pluck the ball at its highest point showing good athleticism and body control as well. Good redzone production. Lanky, flexible frame is slippery to wrap up after the catch but he needs to add bulk to continue breaking tackles at the major college level.
We also question his durability and ability to absorb the hit over the middle. Top-end speed is solid but he is not a burner and most production at the next level will likely come as a possession receiver outside the hashes. Needs to work on sinking his hips more out of his breaks to create better separation. Overall, Hillyer needs some time to develop physically but has the length, range and hands that should be attracting more BCS attention in our opinion. He would benefit from a redshirt year."
Hillyer enjoyed an amazingly productive season, catching 87 passes for 1,648 yards (18.9 average) and 18 TDs.
Links -- This might work.
From WOAI in San Antonio, go to the 2:12 more for a story on Somerset, a town of 1,500 that sent three players to FBS this year.
Also, Somerset's coach is Sonny Detmer. Yes, of the quarterback Detmers. Hillyer speaks at about :46.
Three most interesting bio items -- 1) Completed prep career with 180 receptions for 2,879 yards and 27 TDs. 2) Member of 4x400 relay that holds the school record time of 4:27.20. Hillyer is credited with a 50.57. 3) Ranks second all-time in San Antonio area in career receiving yards and receptions.
Ferentz on -- Iowa brought in two wideouts that are in the 6-3, 190-pound range. Basically, Iowa brought in two Marvin McNutt hopefuls (that's the high end).
"Hillyer was a person whose tape we got in October or November," Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson said. "Actually someone on his coaching staff has family who works in our foundation. Excellent athlete. Big kid and excellent athlete. Excellent basketball player. These guys have similar body types. Hillyer might be a little bit bigger, but they’re similar."
Projection is fun -- At 6-4, Hillyer could grow into a tight end, but he projects as a wideout and, frankly, Iowa needs wide receivers.
The depth chart emptied out at this position and will continue to take hits the next two seasons. Hillyer and Marcus Grant will have chances to see some playing time in 2012. I think they probably redshirt.