Ryan Hilinski

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Ryan Hilinski
South Carolina Gamecocks – No. 3
Career history
High schoolOrange Lutheran
Personal information
Born: (2000-10-24) October 24, 2000 (age 19)
Orange, California
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight230 lb (104 kg)

Ryan Hilinski (born October 24, 2000) is an American football quarterback for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Early years[edit]

Hilinski attended the Lutheran High School of Orange County (commonly known as Orange Lutheran High School). As a senior, he played in 11 games and threw for 2,771 yards and 29 touchdowns. While in high school, he participated in the 2018 All-American Bowl.[1][2]

Hilinski committed to South Carolina after receiving offers from 30 teams, including Stanford, USC, LSU, and Ohio State.[2][3]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Ryan Hilinski
Orange, CA Orange Lutheran 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Apr 4, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 84
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2 (pro-style QB)   Rivals: 3 (pro-style QB)  247Sports: 2 (pro-style QB)  ESPN: 4 (Pocket Passer)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "South Carolina Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  • "2019 South Carolina Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  • "2019 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 2, 2019.

College career[edit]

South Carolina[edit]


Hilinski was named backup quarterback prior to the start of the 2019 season.[4] His first game appearance came during the 2019 Belk Kickoff Game against North Carolina after then starting quarterback Jake Bentley was injured in the game.[4] Hilinski was named starting quarterback later that day.[5] He made his first starting appearance in the second game of the season, a 72–10 win over Charleston Southern.[6] With Hilinski starting, the Gamecocks would set a school record 775 yards of offense, as well as a school record 493 rushing yards.[6] Next week, Hilinski would start in a home game against the Alabama Crimson Tide, a 47–23 loss, where he would complete more passes against Nick Saban's Crimson Tide than any other freshman quarterback.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Hilinski was born to Mark and Kym Hilinski as the youngest of three children in the family.[8] Ryan's oldest brother, Kelly, played as a quarterback for Notre Dame High School, Columbia University, Riverside City College and Weber State University.[8] His second older brother, Tyler, who was also a quarterback at Washington State, died by suicide following his junior season.


  1. ^ Williams, James H. (September 7, 2019). "Who is South Carolina's true freshman quarterback? Ryan Hilinski of Orange Lutheran". Los Angeles Daily News. Digital First Media. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Breiner, Ben (August 21, 2019). "Ryan Hilinski, now one snap away for the Gamecocks". The State. McClatchy. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Dodd, Dennis (September 11, 2019). "Brotherly love, family pain test strength of Ryan Hilinski, South Carolina's new starting QB". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Del Bianco, John (September 2, 2019). "Hilinski to start for Gamecocks, Bentley out indefinitely". 247Sports.com. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Bilodeau, Kevin (September 8, 2019). "Jake Bentley to have surgery, miss the rest of the season". WCSC-TV. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Hadley, Greg (September 7, 2019). "Hilinski shines, Gamecocks set records in rout of Charleston Southern". The State. McClatchy. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  7. ^ Ramspacher, Andrew (September 15, 2019). "'He's a true leader.' USC gives Hilinski high marks after Alabama game, 2 starts". The Charlotte Observer. McClatchy. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Lawson, Theo (September 14, 2017). "Oh, brother! Washington State backup QB Tyler Hilinski had family far and wide watching his epic comeback". The Spokesman-Review. Cowles Company. Retrieved January 17, 2018.