Losing on Saturday night to 4th ranked Alabama was no surprise. After all, FIU's football program is very young and is part of the dominant and unrelenting SEC. What mattered was that T.Y. Hilton took the Crimson Tide to the house with a 96-yard kickoff return. With that as a trademark of Hilton's young college football career, it was no surprise to see him do it.
Grab a stopwatch and clock this kid on a 40-yard dash - you will likely see the number 4.3 once he crosses the finish line. Blazing speed, agile footwork and a knack for finding holes on defense are the attributes Hilton carries. Attributes that are very similar to the former University of Miami star, Devin Hester.
Last season Hilton returned one kick and one punt for TDs as well as 7 receiving TDs (plus a throwing TD). He's an all-purpose player that uses his speed to the fullest potential. His talent is shining light on FIU's burgeoning football program and is giving opponents something to worry about, whether he lines up at wide reciever or sets up for a kick return.
Keep your eye on this one because he won't be going away any time soon. At this rate, he'll be a top prospect for NFL teams.
Come to think about it, T.Y. might be the reason why FIU has recently done so well in recruitment. According to the Miami Herald's high school sports blog, the Golden Panthers received commitments from a few reputable high school players - including QB Jake Medlock, RB Kedrick Rhodes and LB Caleb Vincent.
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Here's the list of FIU's current high school commitments:
- Mac Brown, DB, 6-0, 155, St. Petersburg Gibbs
- Justin Halley, S, 6-2, 181, Boca Raton
- Wade Isaac, DL, 6-2, 255, Norland
- Khambrell McGee, CB, 5-9, 170, Northwestern
- Jake Medlock, QB, 6-3, 220, Neptune Beach Fletcher
- Sam Miller, Jr., DB, 5-10, 175, LaSalle
- Kedric Rhodes, RB, 5-10, 185, Ocala Trinity Catholic
- Caleb Vincent, LB, 6-2, 225, Hollywood Hills
- Randy Williams, S, 6-1, 195, Miami Springs