Aramis Hillary's long journey to success

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Coming out of Strom Thurmond High School in North Augusta, Aramis Hillary was one of the state's biggest recruits.  Hillary made his commitment to play for Steve Spurrier at the University of South Carolina.

"That was always a dream of mine, I grew up going to Williams-Brice and watching football games. My uncle played on the Black Magic team," said Hillary.

Sometimes life has a way of throwing curve balls though. Hillary was never able to find the field during his time at USC and after an off field incident in March of 2010, he decided to transfer.

"Unfortunately I never go the chance to play, but I learned a lot from Coach Spurrier," Hillary continued, "He's a great offensive mind, and he's done all that stuff. I think I learned a lot while I was there."

Hillary made his way to Coastal Carolina, where he didn't play too much in his sophomore season, but entered 2011 as the Chants starter. It was an up and down year for Aramis, but the raw talent was always evident

"When you first get to college you never really think that I can't do this, but the more you work and the bigger, faster and stronger that you get, the smarter you get out there on the field and the more reps you take," Aramis added, "I think you become more comfortable."

Heading into his senior year Hillary was going to have to adjust to a new offense for the third time in his college career. With Joe Moglia taking over at CCU, and bringing new offensive coordinator David Patenaude.

But this time around something clicked for Hillary, he's topping personal records nearly every time he takes the field

"I can't even brag on Coach Patenaude enough because he's just done a great job preparing me, and how much I know about football now is just amazing compared to these last couple of years," said Hillary.

While there is still plenty more season left in Hillary's last year, for the first time in a while football is becoming fun again.

"Every game still feels like the first game to me, I was just telling one of the running backs that the other day. I was like, do y'all ever feel any more calm the more games you play, because I don't, I feel like every game is the first game."

Aramis Hillary and Coastal have another tough game this Saturday, when they will travel to FCS power Appalachian State.

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