Hylton calls his commitment to Illinois an "amazing and an honor."
Frankfort (Ill.) Lincoln-Way North athlete Julian Hylton committed to Illinois on Tuesday and will play defensive back in Champaign.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Hylton chose the in-state Illini over offers from the likes of Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Fordham, Harvard, Illinois State, North Dakota, South Dakota and Yale.
Ranked by the 247Composite as the No. 33 prospect overall in the state, Hylton was extended a scholarship by Tim Beckman and his staff back on June 22, but the two parties have had a relationship going back a year now.
“I just liked the vibe and energy Coach Beckman brought,” Hylton said. “I went down there for camp and every time I talked to him, I’ve been talking to him and the staff for a whole year, and the message and motto has been our state our team. I like that they’re trying to keep it in-state and get the best guys out of Illinois, and I know he’ll get the best out of us.”
Hylton becomes the ninth commit for Illinois in the class-of-2014 and the fifth from in-state, joining offensive lineman Nick Allegretti, receiver Mike Dudek, running back Matt Domer and receiver Malik Turner.
“It’s amazing and an honor,” Hylton said. “I already know there are a lot of other football players across the nation that dream of this moment. I’m blessed to be in this position. It’s Big Ten football and not many people can say they’re a part of it.”
Hylton plays mostly running back on the prep level. He’s gone over 1,000 yards rushing the last two seasons, scoring 25 touchdowns as a junior and 18 as a sophomore.