Iowa Hawkeyes running back C.J. Hilliard will transfer out of the program to a yet-to-be-determined location so that he may be closer to his hometown of Cincinnati. Head coach Kirk Ferentz announced Hilliard’s decision, which was reported by John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk.
“C.J. Hilliard has elected to transfer to another institution closer to home to continue his academic and football pursuits,” said Ferentz in a statement. “C.J. had a tremendous attitude in our program and we wish him the best.”
A former three-star recruit out of Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School, Hilliard had also received offers from Akron, Miami Ohio, Boston College, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ohio University and Indiana. As a true freshman in 2014, he took a redshirt.
Just where he ends up remains to be seen, but it’s hard to blame him for his reasoning. Sometimes, the urge to play closer to home is just too strong to ignore and in this case, it’s obviously going to be what makes Hilliard the happiest.
Iowa opens the season at home against the MVFC’s Illinois State Redbirds on September 5.
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