Whereas former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is ready to see how his Alliance of American soccer profession goes to play out, he has taken a while cross alongside recommendation to future South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski.
Garcia, the third-leading passer in Gamecocks historical past, and Hilinski, the four-star prospect who plans to affix the workforce in January, began a relationship when Garcia reached out to Hilinski by way of Twitter. The younger quarterback was keen to talk, Garcia stated.
“I simply tweeted at him and stated, ‘I’m excited so that you can be a part of the fraternity,’” Garcia stated. “I believe your character and your off-the-field stuff is superior, and I’m pulling for you.”
Hilinski instantly responded and the 2 have traded cellphone numbers and textual content messages since. On Tuesday, Hilinski tweeted, “Nothing hypes me up greater than conversations with @StephenGarcia! Time to repeat historical past.”
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Like Hilinski, Garcia was a high-profile recruit who followers anticipated to brush into city and be a star immediately. Garcia is hopeful Hilinski is best ready for that stress than he was, which is likely one of the causes he reached out, he stated.
“I can’t inform you precisely what I stated as a result of there have been just a few cuss phrases concerned, however mainly it was, ‘Go in there with the utmost confidence and such as you personal the constructing and be able to rock and roll,’” Garcia stated. “With just a few extra cuss phrases I stated, ‘Keep the hell out of 5 Factors.’”
Garcia gained 20 video games at South Carolina and threw for 7,597 yards and led the Gamecocks to their solely SEC East title however was dismissed from the workforce in 2011.
“I instructed (Hilinski), ‘You’re a giant fish in a small pond proper now, and while you get to city it’s even a smaller fish bowl,’” Garcia stated. “You need to remember that everyone is watching you. That’s one factor I want I had understood after I first acquired there. You’ll be able to’t get away with the stuff common faculty guys do. You have got all eyes on you.”
Hilinski, 6-4, 237 kilos, threw for greater than 8,000 yards as a three-year highschool starter at Orange Lutheran Excessive College in Orange, Calif.
“I believe the star scores are stuffed with it to be fairly frank with you however watching him play I believe he’s undoubtedly a man who’s legit worthy of being a five-star,” Garcia stated. “Clearly he’s a big-name man. That’s big for South Carolina and Coach (Will) Muschamp.”
Garcia believes Gamecocks quarterbacks coach Dan Werner will likely be good for Hilinski’s improvement. Werner was the primary collegiate coach to supply Garcia a scholarship, Garcia stated.
“He was the quarterbacks coach at Miami and he got here as much as Tampa after I was a freshman, and he stated, ‘You have got a spot at Miami if you would like it,’” Garcia stated. “That was fairly cool. I’ve tried to remain in contact with him since then.”
Garcia’s soccer profession could proceed subsequent 12 months with the AAF. He’s presently on the roster of the Birmingham Iron however is hoping to affix the Orlando Apollos and be reunited with Apollos head coach Steve Spurrier. The AAF is an eight-team skilled league that can play a 10-game schedule beginning in February.
“I’m making an attempt to determine what is going on. I don’t know,” he stated. “I’m getting ready for it. I used to be telling Coach Spurrier I’m going to remain prepared regardless. I really feel pretty much as good as I ever have. So far as bodily form, I really feel freaking superior. My arm is as sturdy because it’s ever been.”