December 14, 2006
That was then, this is now
Two weeks ago Tomaz Hilton thought his football career might have come to a close after Youngstown (Ohio) Rayen finished the 2006 season with a 7-3 record. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound wide receiver/defensive back had heard very little from college coaches, and even then it was smaller schools like Albany.
That was then.
This week alone Hilton has added offers from Bowling Green, Kent State and Miami (Ohio) and he's heard from other schools like Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana and Pittsburgh.
"My mom is going crazy right now," Hilton said. "She's like 'where are they all coming from?' Every night when I come home from work there's a new guy that has come to the school."
Hilton doesn't care where the coaches are coming from, he's just glad that they have found him. Last weekend he was supposed to visit Bowling Green but had to change that to January because of his basketball season. He'll visit Kent State officially in January, but he's making an unofficial to see the Golden Flashes on Thursday.
"Coach (Pete) Rekstis wants me to come out and see the campus before I see anyone else's," Hilton said. "He said they are looking for big wide receiver's like me."
Now that Hilton has become a prime target for several schools, he's had to start thinking about making a college decision. Two weeks ago it was an easy choice, now he's got to put a lot of thought into where he'll continue his education and football career.
"I'm just keeping my options open and not favoring any school right now," he said. "I'm trying to stay patient. I'll pick sometime in January after I take my visits and get a feel for what will benefit me more and if I want to play offense or defense. I'd rather play offense because I've been playing that all my life."
Most schools, including Kent State, have recruited Hilton to play receiver, but some have talked about defense.
"I'm very athletic," he said. "I played linebacker in high school. I know it's totally different at the college level but I can hit and tackle. I can also play defensive back if I have to."
As a senior at Rayen Hilton hauled in 35 passes for over 400 yards and seven touchdowns. He also added several two-point conversions to finish second on the team in scoring.
"We had a lot of penalties on extra points so that moved us back and they just threw the fade up to me," he said. "With me being 6-foot-3 I was able to just jump up and make the catch."
Hilton runs the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds and carries a 2.9 grade point average.
Click here to view Hilton's highlight video, courtesy of ScoutingOhio.com.
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