May 3, 2008

Instant Impact No. 8: WR Adrian Hilburn

The second wide receiver appearing on out list of impact newcomers has been in Manhattan for nearly a semester. City College of San Francisco transfer Adrian Hilburn has used his ability to participate in spring workouts to his advantage, utilizing his head start in the Little Apple to score serious points with Kansas State head coach Ron Prince, who praises the junior wideout's work on the practice field. So if the 6-foot-2 Hilburn can continue to impress the K-State coaching staff, he may hear his name called frequently during his first season as a Wildcat.

Adrian Hilburn

wide receiver

6-foot-2, 190-pound junior

City College of San Francisco notes: The No. 43 junior college player in the country, Hilburn, a 3-star wide receiver, caught 40 passes for 516 yards as a sophomore at San Francisco City College in 2007 and helped lead his team to a 10-1 record. His 6-foot-2 frame and 4.4 40-yard dash time helped him garner interest from Oregon and a scholarship offer from Big 12-rival Nebraska, which he verbally accepted before decommitting and announcing his intentions to become a Wildcat in December.

Hilburn on K-State: "There were a few things that really made me know it was the right place. The first was just how the coaches are. Right after I scheduled the visit, Coach Prince came to my house. I was sold right then, but still wanted to take the visit. They've done great with junior college players. What they're doing with the program is really something I want to be a part of."

"Adrian Hilburn has been a significant (addition). You can just see how he raises the team speed. I think we have a fast team but he takes it to another level. He's a very good football player that comes from a very good football program."

-- Kansas State head coach Ron Prince

Why he will help: It would be naive for any coach to turn up his nose at a speedy, tall, experienced wide receiver who is also a proven winner, so it's no secret why Prince is so high on Hilburn. Also helping the Texas native's cause is the fact that he arrived in Manhattan prior to this semester, allowing himself to take part in the team's spring workouts. Hilburn has a head start on other incoming receivers, as he has taken advantage of extra practices to impress his coaches and teammates alike.

Why he could sit: By the time K-State's summer workouts begin, it will be standing room only at wide receiver. The team returns four wideouts with significant game experience and welcomes in three highly coveted newcomers at the position. Senior Deon Murphy will likely occupy the top spot on the depth chart in 2008, while seniors Cedric Wilson and Ernie Pierce, along with sophomore Lamark Brown, expect to see increased roles this season. Hilburn will need to stand out among fellow newcomers Aubrey Quarles and Attrail Snipes if he hopes to give himself a chance to so much as compete with the team's veterans, and that will be no easy task.

Check out Adrian Hilburn's profile page by clicking on his name to see more pictures, previous prospect updates, measurables, rankings and more.


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8. Adrian Hilburn
9. Hansen Sekona
10. George Pierson
11. John Finau
12. Keithen Valentine
13. Antonio Felder
14. Attrail Snipes
15. Dustin Bell

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