Former Gamecocks QB Ryan Hilinski Is Heading To The Big Ten

Ryan Hilinski officially has a new place to call home. The former South Carolina quarterback is transferring to Northwestern, which is a decision he announced via Twitter on Tuesday evening.

"Life's journey has unexpected peaks and valleys. I am thankful for every step I've been able to take," Hilinski said in his tweet. "I am grateful for my amazing family and all of those that have helped me along the way as I chase my dreams. I'm excited to being this next chapter at Northwestern University."

It's an interesting choice for the former four-star, pro-style quarterback. Northwestern has experience with transfer quarterbacks. Peyton Ramsey came over from Indiana prior to this season and started for the Wildcats.

With Ramsey moving on, it will now be Hilinski's turn to get a crack at the starting job. One thing is certain: there is plenty of talent here.

According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Hilinski ranked as the nation's No. 64 player, No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 12 player from the state of California coming out of high school. He had offers from several top programs, including Ohio State, Georgia, LSU and Oregon.

He started 11 games for the Gamecocks his first year in Columbia, and showed some promise against in a home loss to Alabama. Unfortunately, a leg injury slowed down his progression and he struggled to finish the year.

Grad transfer Collin Hill then followed Mike Bobo from Colorado State and won the starting job, leading to Hilinski's departure.

Northwestern had some success this past season, going 7-2 and finishing in the top 15. Maybe Hilinski can help the Wildcats keep that success going.

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