Mike Hilton holds offers from three schools right now: Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Southern Miss. Notre Dame and Georgia Tech are also taking a strong look at Hilton, but the Sandy Creek prospect is high on the Wildcats.
"The main school I hear from is Kentucky," said Hilton. "They are an up and coming program. Coach Phillips is turning that program around. They are an SEC school. That means they have some of the best players. I like seeing a program turn around and Kentucky is doing that," he said.
The 5-foot-9, 174-pound prospect can play multiple roles, including wide receiver, running back and defensive back.
"On offense, I play running back. I think my best strength is that I'm versatile," said Hilton. "I can switch out to slot receiver. On defense, my ball skills are my best asset. I may be short, but I can go up and get the ball," he said. "I want to work on my route running. If I can get that down, I think I'm pretty much finished on offense," he said.
Last season Hilton helped Sandy Creek to a state championship with his 87 carries for 720 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 70 tackles , nine interceptions and 11 passes broken up.
"I gave it my all this year," he said. "We won state this year. I had to put forth all my effort to give my seniors a state ring. "I know I would want the younger people to put in everything they had to help me go out with a state championship. So I did that for the seniors," he continued.
Hilton will camp at Kentucky on June 17th and hopes to take a tour of the Wildcat campus. He will make a decision sometime between the end of the summer and before football season begins.
"The number one (thing) is the education and the graduation rate," said Hilton. "If football doesn't work out, I want to be a sports anchor. I want to have a backup plan. Number two is getting on the field. I might be small, but I can make plays on the field. The third thing is that I want to be far enough from home and my parents that I can grow up. But I want to be close enough that if something happens, they can be right there," he finished.
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