January 20, 2008

Florida athlete impressed with Ole Miss

Miami Springs, Fla. athlete Eugene Hilton is a name that has popped up on Ole Miss hot board under new head football coach Houston Nutt.

Hilton visited Ole Miss and Oxford this weekend and came away impressed with the Rebels but his current plans are to wait until signing day to make a decision on his college football career.

Hilton, a 5-foot-10, 160 pound athlete, currently has offers from Ole Miss and Florida International and several other schools.

He lists Ole Miss, FIU, and West Virginia as his top three schools, but has several other schools could be interested depending on his academic situation. Those schools include Florida, Boston College, and South Carolina.

Hilton was unsure of his first test score on the ACT and plans to retake the ACT either later this month or in early February. He lists his GPA as 2.7.

Hilton had an interview with Nutt on Sunday morning where he found out how Nutt would like to use him.

"He said he's coming down to get me," Hilton laughed. "They want to use me for kick off returns, punt returns, and in the slot for bubble screens, things like that."

Hilton said he was impressed with Ole Miss from the time he got off the plane, where escorts were on the ground to pick him up for the ride to Oxford.

"It was nice," Hilton said. "We just ate, and ate, and ate. They showed us the campus and the facilities. The facilities are just beautiful."

"We went to parties and to the Library, it was cool," Hilton said. "I was really impressed with the hospitality."

Hilton said he would rate his visit a "9" on a scale of one to ten.

Hilton is being recruitng by Rebels' assistant coach Ron Dickerson, Jr.

"He's really cool and fun to be around."

Hilton was accompanied on his visit by teammate Shawn Bright.

He said Bright was equally impressed with the visit, but didn't commit this weekend.

Hilton was a first team All Dade County selection. He had 42 receptions for 785 yards on the year.

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