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Mississippi State verbal Kylin Hill prepares for All-Star tilt.

When the Mississippi All-Stars take the field on Saturday, the talented squad does so with some tremendous options at running back. Mississippi State verbal Kylin Hill is expected to get his share of carries as the team from the Magnolia State looks to build on last year's win in the annual battle for bragging rights with Alabama.

The chance to be in Montgomery, Alabama this week preparing for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game is something that Columbus High (MS) running back Kylin Hill has looked forward to for some time. With game day looming, Hill is appreciative of the opportunity. 

"It's been a great experience being around some of the best talent in Mississippi," Hill said. "It's all been great. We have been having fun together. All of us have similar personalities, so that's made it good. We've had a lot of fun,"

Rooming with Bassfield High (MS) running back Ron Thompson, Hill has done his best to enjoy all of the activities that have taken place during All-Star week. It appears that the event has exceeded the expectations of the four star ball carrier. 

"I really didn't know we were going to do all of this," Hill said. "It's been even more fun than I expected. This is all sort of preparing us for college. We all have roommates and we have to go through two-a-day (practices)."

The practice sessions are pretty much a whirlwind as the All-Star coaching staff led by Wayne County head coach Todd Mangum work towards fielding a competitive team. Hill reports that his interaction with the coaches chosen to lead the team have been very positive.

"Working with the new coaches has been good," Hill said. "None of them have bad attitudes. All of them are positive . We are all just figuring each other out and trying to go win the game."

Hill, along with four other players, is verbally committed to Mississippi State. The scout national 300 member has done a bit of recruiting this week as fellow All-Star C.J. Avery of Grenada High MS) prepares to make his decision on Wednesday.

While much of the recruiting talk has given way to game planning late in the week, Hill is grateful for the time he has been able to spend with his fellow Bulldog pledges.

"I have known all of them for a little while now," Hill said. "We're a little goofy and silly. We have talked some about the Egg Bowl. We looked good against Ole Miss. They ran the ball a lot more, which I was happy to see. The future looks good."

Before Hill has the chance to try his Bulldog uniform on for size, the explosive running back wants to be part of one final win on the high school level. Team Mississippi will get the chance to close out their prep careers later today.

"We really want to win this game," Hill said. "I feel like we have a good chance. We just need to run, run, run and then open up the pass."

In three years at Columbus, Hill ran for 3,777 yards and 46 touchdowns.Saving his best season for last, Hill scored 27 touchdowns and averaged nearly 10 yards per carry with a 9.9 average. Hill is set to enroll at Mississippi State next summer and compete immediately for playing time.

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