Official Visit Opens Hilton's Eyes

North Carolina gave Ole Miss commitment Mike Hilton something to think about during his official visit to UNC this past weekend.

"It went real well," Hilton said. "I talked to Coach [Larry] Fedora and he said this was their first official visit weekend. They had it down – everything went well and was real organized.

"I can honestly say I really do love North Carolina. It's a great school, great football program, and great community."

Hilton, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound athlete from Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek, has been verbally committed to Mississippi since early August.

"I can't really answer [if my commitment has changed] until I take my official visit to Ole Miss next weekend," Hilton said. "After that, my decision will settle in my mind."

Hilton admits, though, that UNC did a good job of trying to persuade him to switch his commitment.

"They opened my eyes," Hilton said. "It made me think a little bit."

The official visit to Mississippi next weekend is Hilton's only other scheduled official trip.

"Unless something changes, it's just between those two," Hilton said. "I've been committed to Ole Miss for a long time – even throughout the coaching change. I love that place.

"But visiting North Carolina, I fell in love with it also. There are a lot of common things with both of them."

Senior linebacker Kevin Reddick was Hilton's player host throughout the weekend.

"I'm not sure why they put us together – maybe to have him persuade me to play defense a little bit," Hilton said with a laugh. "But Kevin and I really hit it off. He's a real good friend – he's cool."

UNC has offered Hilton as a tailback in its one-back spread offense.

"Right now, they want me to play running back." Hilton said. "But they said if one of their cornerbacks went down, they wouldn't mind switching me to defense."

Throughout the weekend, Hilton spent the most time with the newest addition to UNC's coaching staff – Randy Jordan, who will coach the running backs.

"He's real cool," Hilton said. "He told me about how he used to play in the [National Football] League. He actually played at North Carolina. He broke down a lot of stuff for me."

Among the stuff that was broken down for Hilton by Jordan and the rest of UNC's coaching staff is how he will fit into the offensive backfield.

"They said there's a real good chance of me playing early," Hilton said. "They said Gio [Bernard] and I are different, but we're the same. He's quick and fast, and I'm quick and fast. They said we could be on the field at the same time at different positions."

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