Reserve C.J. Hilliard leaving Iowa football program

Rick Brown

Redshirt freshman running back C.J. Hilliard, who never made a serious run at playing time in his short time at Iowa, has decided to transfer to another school.

Hilliard, who is from Cincinnati, played running back and defensive back at St. Xavier High. A three-star prospect according to, he had selected the Hawkeyes over Boston College, Indiana and Akron.

"C.J. Hilliard has elected to transfer to another institution closer to home to continue his academic and football pursuits," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. "C.J. had a tremendous attitude in our program and we wish him the best."

Iowa was also involved in the recruitment of Hilliard's younger brother, Justin, rated the best linebacking prospect in the nation in the Class of 2015. Justin is a freshman at Ohio State, picking the Buckeyes over Alabama, Iowa and Notre Dame.

Hilliard is the second player to leave the Hawkeye program this week. Defensive back Jalen Embry, another redshirt freshman not on the depth chart, announced Tuesday he would transfer.

Since the end of last season, Jake Rudock, Reggie Spearman, Solomon Warfield, Malik Rucker, John Kenny and Reid Sealby have also transferred out of the program.