"I was surprised at what I saw, because when you're driving down the highway, the campus seems so much smaller," Mike Hilton said, in reference to his visit to Georgia Tech's Junior Day a few weeks ago. "There's a lot more to see than I expected – their dorms are really nice and the pool they have was used in the Olympics. That's really cool."
If that isn't enough to lure Hilton to the Flats, the Yellow Jackets' top-ranked rushing offense might do the trick. Hilton mentioned that the fact that Tech ranks near the top in rushing every season may be the factor that sways him to committing in the end.
And the coaching staff has informed him that he will likely be used as an A-back at Georgia Tech, despite being listed as a safety. Hilton said he could play on either side of the ball and be content with the decision, but being a part of the top-ranked rushing offense is surely appealing to the junior out of Tyrone, Ga.
"I like the A-back position at Tech, because I could really get out in the open field and show my true abilities," Hilton said. "Defenses seem to focus on stopping the B-back, which gives the A-backs a chance to really take off."
With an offer from Cincinnati and plans to visit Wake Forest this weekend, Hilton is being asked by GT head coach Paul Johnson to make a trip to Atlanta in the spring, and Hilton believes the trip will be completed with an offer from the Yellow Jackets. This is good news for both sides, as Hilton said he has always been a Tech fan, so their chances of landing the Sandy Creek product are elevated.
"I came down to visit Tech during last season, when they played NC State," Hilton said. "I was very impressed – it was a good atmosphere and while it isn't the biggest stadium, they had a great crowd that day."
Until the spring rolls around, Hilton will stay busy with track season at Sandy Creek, as he is on the school's 4 x 100 meter team, which has helped him build speed and stay in shape during the football offseason. But when his senior football season starts, Hilton said he has to win one more state championship before he graduates.
"The last two years, we sent the seniors out on a high note with a state title, and I want to do that again this year," Hilton said. "The only difference is that this year, I'm one of those seniors."