Upland quarterback decides on Washington State

Upland High School quarterback Tyler Hilinski has committed to Washington State. The Highlanders standout did so last week after visiting the Pac-12 school.

Hilinski, a 6-foot-4, 200-pounder, was the Inland Valley Offensive Player of the Year last season as a junior. He threw for 3,053 yards and 34 touchdowns with just eight interceptions in helping the Highlanders to a 9-4 mark that included a share of the Baseline League title.

He was an All-CIF and Baseline League selection.

The most notable showing was in a 86-56 loss to Corona Centennial in which he threw for 442 yards and seven touchdowns.

Hilinski didn’t make any other official visits but had been to a few on unofficial visits, none of which resulted in any firm offers. He really liked the coaching staff led by second-year Mike Leach, who runs a high-powered offense of which he is familiar.

“I loved the coaching staff and the atmosphere there. It felt like the perfect place,” he said. “They really wanted me and I really wanted them so there was no reason to wait.”

Hilinski said he is looking to possibly graduate early so he can enroll in the school next January which would give him a jump on other newcomers competing for that position.