Hawks See Hylton

Julian Hylton is burning up the track this spring after a solid junior season on the gridiron. Iowa stopped by to see the speedy athlete recently. He talks about the Hawkeyes and the rest of his recruitment in this premium story.

Colleges still are figuring out where Julian Hylton fits at the next level. His speed plays at several positions.

"Some schools are looking at me as a running back," Hylton said. "Some are looking at me as a receiver. Some see me as an athlete. It's all over the place."

Scouts also would like to get a look at him on defense. After just a few reps at cornerback last year, Hylton will line up quite a bit at the position as a senior, he said.

Hylton is enjoying a strong track season this spring for Lincoln-Way North High in Frankfort, IL. He reports top times of 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.7 in the 200. He also runs the 4x100 and 4x200.

"I would like to pursue track in college as well as football," Hylton said. "If I have to give up track for football, I'll do it."

Iowa has been showing interest in Hylton for quite some time. Hawkeye Assistant Brian Ferentz visited him at Lincoln-Way North earlier this month, he said.

"Last year, Coach Les Erb was recruiting me," Hylton said. "Coach Brian Ferentz is recruiting my area now. We talked about what I knew about Iowa and what I thought about the school and what position I wanted to play."

Hylton, who said he is open to playing whatever position gets him on the field the soonest, twice has visited Iowa. He attended the Purdue game last fall and came back in January for a junior day.

"It's a pretty good school," Hylton said. "The fans are great there. It's a nice city. People there are all nice.

"The coaching staff is great. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz has been there for a long time. He's been doing great things with his players. He has a lot in the NFL. They have a respectable program and they keep improving."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Hylton recently ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds at the Nike combine in Chicago. He said he was worn down from an event the day before and track earlier in that week.

"I feel like I can run at least a 4.4," he said

Stanford, Syracuse, Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Northern Illinois and Yale are among a group of schools that joined Iowa in visiting Hylton this month. He has unofficially visited Indiana, Western Michigan, Nebraska and Purdue along with the Hawkeyes.

North Dakota, South Dakota, Colgate, Bucknell, Army and Illinois State have offered scholarships to Hylton, he said.

"I just try to keep an open mind," Hylton said of recruiting. "I don't have a dream school. I just look at what all the schools have to offer from the coaching staff, the education, the team. That's how I'll make my decision."

Hylton said he is going to try to camp at as many schools in the region as he can this summer.

"I'm not in a rush right now," Hylton said of his decision. "Maybe after the season, I'll commit. I have to see what schools I visit for my officials and see when that is."

Hylton will pursue a degree in medicine.

"I'm not sure what I'll specialize in," he said. "I need to research more and see what sparks my interest."

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