Suffered a broken ankle in the Aggies’ season-opener against South Carolina ... had contributed three solo tackles, a sack and a QB hurry before the injury.
Redshirted ... was impressive on the Aggies’ defensive scout team.
Played in 11 games and recorded lone tackle against Grambling State.
Coached by David Smith at Klein Oak High School ... Rivals.com three-star recruit at inside linebacker ... ranked as the No. 21 inside linebacker in the nation and No. 5 in Texas ... included in the Rivals.com Texas Top 100 at No. 72 ... second-team all-state selection and third-team All-American ... first-team all-district and the district’s defensive MVP ... recorded 143 tackles, including 110 solo, with three sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior ... totaled 101 stops and four sacks as well as two interceptions and a fumble recovery his junior year ... Named second-team all-district as a junior ... had 13 tackles and three sacks as a sophomore in a game against district champion Klein Collins ... totaled 289 tackles in his prep career with eight sacks, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
A.J. Hilliard is the son of Albert and Harriet Hilliard of Spring, Texas ... born June 27, 1994 in Fort Worth, Texas ... majoring in sport management ... older brother, Cedric, played football at Notre Dame and for the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens.