State Pride Leads Hilton to Illini

National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 9, 2013

Lincoln Way North (Ill.) class of 2014 cornerback Julian Hylton talks about his commitment to Illinois and how head coach Tim Beckman's desire to keep top in-state talents at home lead to his decision.

After earning a camp offer several weeks back, Julian Hylton did not wait too long before pulling the trigger for Illinois.

A multi-talented 6'1, 180-pound athlete from Lincoln Way North, he says the Illini are recruiting him as a cornerback and the opportunity to play in front of his home state was a key factor in him choosing the school over ten other offers.

"The first thing I loved about Illinois was Coach Beckman's vision he was putting out there of, our state, our team. He wants to recruit Illinois talent and I like the fact that he wants to keep it in-state and he understands that we have a special bond with the student body and everyone in state of Illinois because it's our state."

Among Hylton's other offers were North Dakota, South Dakota, Army, Fordham, Yale, Harvard, Illinois State and others. He went out and earned his Illini offer and is thrilled to be able to say he will be playing Big Ten, BCS football in a year.

"It's a great honor and pleasure because I understand that not too many people have opportunity to play college football in general and for me to play in the Big Ten, that's great and amazing. It's an elite group of people that can say that."

Also a running back in high school, Hylton's length and athleticism will be taken full advantage of by the Illini staff and he hopes his time will come sooner than later.

"They want me to return punts and be a corner. They said when they feel I'm ready, I'll play, and I hope that's as soon as possible."

Hylton is the tenth commitment for the Illini in the class of 2014 and their fifth from within state borders.

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