Fresh off an late December invite to the High School All-American Bowl in Shreveport, Batesville offensive lineman Drew Hilton has got a big January planned.
Hilton (6-4, 295) got a call Wednesday night inviting him to be one of the 120 players in the Jan. 5 game and will then head straight to Jonesboro for an official visit with Arkansas State the following day.
He follow that up with an official visit to UCA on Jan. 13-15 and the University of Arkansas has called recently to express its continued interest and he could be headed to Fayetteville for a visit on either Jan. 20-22 or Jan. 27-29.
"(Arkansas offensive line) Coach (Mike) Markuson called about a week ago during the contact period and told me to just hang in there and he thought things were going to work out for me in the end," Hilton said. "I'm still very interested in them although I will admit I wish I already had an offer from the Razorbacks."
Hilton, who attended Arkansas' football camp this past summer, helped lead Batesville to a 12-1 season with the lone loss being to Morrilton in the state semifinals.
That senior season came after a 13-0-1 state title campaign in 2003 and a 10-2 mark in 2004 meaning Batesville went 35-3-1 in his time there.
"We played pretty well this year and the loss was pretty disappointing," Hilton said. "But I thought overall we did pretty well as a team and I thought I played about as good as I could. It's been a pretty good three years for us."
Hilton, who has also been hearing from Tulsa, is intent on performing well in Shreveport with several other Arkansas who will be on hand for the event.
"I just got the invite and I am pretty pumped about it," Hilton said. "It will give me another chance to showcase what I can do against some great competition."
Hilton knows there are things he needs to continue to work on as he moves on to the college level.
"I feel pretty good about my run blocking and my pass blocking, but I know that I can improve in those areas and I would like be lighter on my feet," Hilton said. "I also want to continue to work hard on my strength and my technique."
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