Hilinski, a former four-star recruit, spent the last two years at South Carolina before deciding to explore other options. Now, Hilinski has made his decision, and he announced on Twitter that he would be transferring to Northwestern ahead of the 2021 season.
As a true freshman in 2019, Hilinski showed some promise as he completed 58.1% of his throws for 2,357 yards, 11 touchdowns, and five interceptions. In 2020, however, Hilinski was beaten out for the starting job by Colorado State transfer Collin Hill. Because of that, Hilinski attempted just six passes last fall.
Hilinski was a four-star recruit and the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 signing class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.