Hylton Preparing for Next Stage

Football season is in the books, signing day is a wrap, and for several Illinois signees, including Lincoln-Way North's Julian Hylton, senior year is just a couple months from wrapping up.

Illinois signee Julian Hylton is just a couple months from graduating from high school and beginning the next chapter of his life and football career.

Once football ended, Hylton turned his attention to a different type of field. The speedy Hylton is busy getting ready for the track season.

"School is going well," he said. "My offseason has been pretty good and track season just started."

It's still unclear whether Hylton will find his home on the offensive or defensive side of the ball in college. He camped as a cornerback, earning an offer this past summer, but this fall, he played a significant number of snaps as the starting tailback for Lincoln-Way North.

So it may not be all bad that Hylton is staying relatively open and versatile in his training.

"Right now I'm just working on everything," he said. "Nothing in particular."

Not only is Hylton preparing himself for action on the field, he's continuing to build relationships with the Illinois coaches.

"I keep in touch with the coaches," he said. "I've seen Coach Banks a few times and we have been keeping in touch a lot."

Hylton has also talked to a few of the early enrollees already on campus and is getting pumped about the positive things he's hearing.

"I've also been talking to a lot of the guys and they all love it down there so far," he said. "I can't wait to get down there. I'm pretty excited."

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