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    Dancer Signs Blue-Chip Recruit to Letter of Intent
    Jared Hiltzik signed a letter of intent with the Illini and will join the team for the 2012-13 campaign.

    Jared Hiltzik signed a letter of intent with the Illini and will join the team for the 2012-13 campaign.

    Nov. 10, 2011

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois head coach Brad Dancer announced the signing of Jared Hiltzik (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) to a letter of intent on Thursday. Hiltzik, a blue-chip recruit by, will join the Fighting Illini in fall 2012.

    "From the first time I saw Jared I was impressed with his court sense," Dancer said. "Then, after we began to learn more about his character, his family, his camaraderie with teammates, we felt like he was going to be a great fit. Jared has continued to work hard on his tennis and academics to be as prepared as possible coming to Illinois next fall. If he continues that trend, coupled with improving his strength, he will be an immediate impact player for our team."

    Hiltzik is currently ranked 14th in the nation by and second in the state of Illinois. He holds a 76-21 overall record, dating back to November 2010, and an 18-10 mark against other blue-chip prospects. In 2011, Hiltzik took home the regional singles titles in both Kalamazoo, Mich., and St. Louis and went undefeated in the National Midwest Team Championship in Urbana, Ill. He also helped New Trier High School to back-to-back Illinois state championships in 2010 and 2011.

    "The main reason I decided on Illinois was the coaching staff," Hiltzik said. "I could not ask to be in better hands than Brad and Marcos, and I am so thankful to have such amazing coaches. I feel that under their guidance I will be able to pursue a professional tennis career and become a very successful adult. Also, all of the guys on the team were so welcoming and I really appreciate them very much. I will always bring a hardworking attitude, trying to make myself better each and every day to bring us one step closer to a national title."

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