• John Macon Gillespie

Kylin Hill Longs For The Best Competition

The breakout season for Kylin Hill in 2015 was not much of a surprise on the Mississippi recruiting front. He was offered by Ole Miss and Mississippi State last summer. Since then Memphis and Tennessee have followed suit with an offer of their own.

For fans of Mississippi high school football, however, the emergence not only of Hill but also his team came out of thin air. The Columbus Falcons were 8-4 and fell just a loss to South Panola short of winning their division in 2015.

Power, speed and a 5-11 208-pound frame(according his 247sports profile) allowed Hill to excel as a junior. He was unstoppable at times this season, rushing for 1,750 yards and 18 touchdowns. Eight times this season he rushed for at least 100 yards and four times he surpassed 200. Equally as insane was his 8.7 yards per carry.

During the Falcons 6-1 run through division play is when Hill shined the brightest. In those seven games he averaged 157 yards per game on 9.6 yards per tote. He totaled 382 yards and five scores in Columbus‘ first round loss to Clinton. Even in the seven games this season Hill received 14 or less carries he averaged 77.4 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Hill shared carries with two fellow juniors in quarterback CJ Gholar and running back Kendre Conner. They formed a three-headed monster in the backfield that produced 270.5 of the Falcons’ 283 yards per game.

Talk about complete back, Hill also flashed play-making ability out of the backfield with his hands. He caught 21 passes for 336 yards, 16 yards per catch, with three receiving TDs.

Hill’s talent is undeniable, I suspect more SEC offers are on the way, but his desire to be great can be found in his will to improve. This offseason he has his eyes on improving his quickness. He also has high expectations for next season.

“I expect nothing but the best out of every individual on this team,” Hill told SES Mississippi. “People will no longer be surprised.”

Before next season, though, he has his eyes set on potentially attending the Fortius Project alongside some of his teammates. Some of the other top-flight talent expected to be there has his attention, as well.

“Hopefully I get to make it. My interest level grew when I found out some elite talent was going to be out there like Cam Akers,” Hill said. “It would be a good showdown considering both of us are top-notch athletes.”

Hill says he and Akers are friends, describing their bond as, “super cool.” It will get even more cool next season as the friends battle it out to to be considered the top running back recruit in Mississippi’s 2017 class.

“It should be epic,” Hill said.

The SES Mississippi Fortius Project begins March 5th at Petal High school. Sign up today, early sign-up ends February 29th.

**Photo by Kentral Evans Jr.

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