Iowa announced the news in a press release. Hilliard was a three-star recruit out of St. Xavier (Oh.) High in the class of 2014. He redshirted last season as a true freshman.
"C.J. has elected to transfer to another institution closer to home to continue his academic and football pursuits," Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. "C.J. had a tremendous attitude in our program and we wish him the best."
- Jeremy Woo