RB Mike Hilton commits to Ole Miss over Mississippi State, Kentucky and Cincy

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Sandy Creek RB-DB Mike Hilton is the school's No. 4 senior committed to an SEC or ACC school (AJC photo)

Sandy Creek RB-DB Mike Hilton is the school's No. 4 senior committed to an SEC or ACC school (AJC photo)

Sandy Creek High School football coach Chip Walker has a message for Ole Miss fans wondering about the SEC team’s new recruit, Mike Hilton.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder committed to Ole Miss over Kentucky, Mississippi State and Cincinnati on Monday night. He will play running back for the Rebels.

“One thing I would tell Ole Miss fans is that he is very physical; don’t like his size fool you because he plays much bigger than he is,” Walker told the AJC. “He is a phenomenal football player. He’s the best we’ve had around Sandy Creek since Kedric Golston [defensive end with the NFL's Washington Redskins], and he has been in the league for six years.”

Hilton has been a steady contributor at Sandy Creek, which has won back-to-back state championships. As a freshman, Hilton blocked a punt, picked it the loose ball, and ran it for a touchdown in the region championship game. As a sophomore, he started 15 games at linebacker. As a junior, he played safety and broke the school record for interceptions, while also averaging nearly 10 yards per carry as a backup tailback. This year, Hilton will be the featured tailback at Sandy Creek.

“He is somebody that can do anything,” Walker said. “He doesn’t do anything but make plays. It doesn’t matter what position you put him at, he’s going to make plays.”

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Sandy Creek, which is aiming for its third straight state title, has four players committed to FBS schools: DE Quinteze Williams (Florida), WR JaQuay Williams (Auburn), and OL Will Adams (Georgia Tech).


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August 8th, 2011
8:19 pm

Nice congrats to young man and Ol Miss, Sandy Creek sounds like they may have a good team, Will Adams opening holes for Hilton, wow.


August 8th, 2011
8:52 pm

Good Luck young man….. Make us all proud. Nubian Eyes are Watching you


August 8th, 2011
9:07 pm

Another talented player in-state player, lost! Fire Richt!!! He should sign EVERY in-state player, AND get Lattimore to transfer from SC to UGA. Else, he is incompetent.

On that note, I do hope to see fewer 3rd and 7 draw plays this year… or Carlton Thomas dive plays, or etc.

And what the hell are “Nubian” eyes? Is that something like “nubile?” Is this an X-rated blog?

tide roll

August 8th, 2011
9:12 pm

UGA was the last school in the SEC to allow black players on its football team. Nuff said.

Beast from the East

August 8th, 2011
9:14 pm

Best of luck, young man, I fear you might be regretting that decision in the next year or two, as I don’t think Nutt is going to be around too long. Hope he turns it around over there, but I don’t think they’ll give him enough time.


August 8th, 2011
9:20 pm

@Beast from the East Look at some of his other offers. How many of those coaches are going to be around much longer? Mullen will probably get another job in no less than two years if he continues to do good things at Miss St. Just sayin.

Moe Dawg

August 8th, 2011
9:22 pm

Congrats to this young man. He and his family must be very proud.

tide roll

August 8th, 2011
9:58 pm

Oops, I meant to say @ 9:12pm that the University of Alabama was the last school in the SEC to allow black players on its football team. My apologies for the error.


August 8th, 2011
9:59 pm

Tide Roll:

I believe if you check the record books, your red tide was the last team to allow blacks to play in the SEC. Believe it or not!


August 8th, 2011
10:15 pm

Congrats to Hilton. Should do well in a McCluster-type role. His HS coach is nuts, though. Calvin Johnson not as good as Kedric Golston?


August 8th, 2011
10:27 pm

Ole Miss also signed probably the top running out of tennessee toady……I’tavius Mathers out of Murfreesboro,Tn. Blackman high school.


August 8th, 2011
10:29 pm

I’m hoping this guy turns into the next Dexter McCluster.


August 8th, 2011
10:37 pm

Great observation. I am sure ole miss is about to run nutt out, 2 cotton bowl wins in his 3 seasons. It’s ole miss, not the Dallas cowboys. Nutt will be there the entire time Hilton is. Mullen isn’t going anywhere either. If he couldn’t piggyback the season he had with a better job with all of the openings last year, he is going to be stuck in Starkville for a while.

Ole Miss alum.

August 8th, 2011
10:46 pm

Hotty Toddy!!! I cant wait to see this kid in the Red and Blue.

Kentucky fan says...

August 8th, 2011
10:50 pm

Congrats to Mike Hilton but c’mon man. I was hoping you would be coming up I-75 to Lexington. That is pretty impressive praise from Coach Walker. I’ve seen Hilton play numerous times and he is a PLAYER. I know Kedric Golston is doing work in the League and has had and will continue to have solid career. Coach Walker was’t around the program when Jabari Hollaway played. Hollaway who went on to play at Notre Dame and a few seasons in the NFL gets my vote for best to come through Sandy Creek. I’ve seen all the guys play that have played at the Creek and no one dominated like Jabari Hollaway did. Plus Jabari wasn’t playing with all the talent Sandy Creek has had the last decade or so. Even though Hilton did not pick my Wildcats I will still be rooting for him when he is a Rebel. I even root for the guys on louisville and tennessee that are former Patriots.

Get that 3 peat Patroits!!!!


August 8th, 2011
11:11 pm

Calvin Johnson says hello, Coach. Your memory must be fading fast.

MS. Bully

August 8th, 2011
11:17 pm

He might play RB for the Teddy Bears. UM needs to recruit defense. Its hard to win when you can’t stop the other team (Jacksonville State and Vandy).


August 8th, 2011
11:22 pm

Kentucky fan says…

I agree with you. I’ve followed Sandy Creek very closely over the years and they’ve had several very good players come through, but Jabari Holloway was the most dominant player that they’ve had. He wound up playing TE at Notre Dame and in the NFL, but he was an absolute beast as a DE/LB in high school under Coach Don Tyre in the early years of Sandy Creek football.


August 8th, 2011
11:29 pm

All you Tech fans talking about Calvin Johnson being the best from Sandy Creek probably never even saw Calvin Johnson play when he was at Sandy Creek. Johnson is one of the best WR in the NFL but he was not killing it on both sides of the ball in high school like Hilton, Golston, or Jabari Hollaway.

tide roll

August 9th, 2011
12:14 am

This offensive lineman Georgia received a commitment out of the Boys Latin Catholic School in Maryland must be at least a THOUSAND times better than Brandon Greene or Joe Harris. Because his team plays in an all Catholic team conference which is the equivalent of a Middle School here in Georgia. Not even worth comparing to teams Greene and Harris play against from a level of competitiveness stand point. The school has 600 kids TOTAL K through 12. Committing this kid over Greene and Harris is about one thing and one thing only.

Cmon man

August 9th, 2011
6:36 am

Its official tide roll has a sick fetish for 300lb 18yr olds! Everyday the samething the article could be about a girl shopping for a prom dress and he talks about offensive lineman! Maybe he is related to that tech professor who was just indicted on child porn charges. Let it go!!

bad brad

August 9th, 2011
7:39 am

I saw Calvin play all his games at Sandy Creek and his high school career wasnt dominant by any stretch. He was a great player, but specialized in jumping up and catching TDs on the fade route. Maybe they didnt utilize all his talents, but he seemed to explode when he got to Tech.

I remember Jabari Holloway being dominant and also remember another running back from those Creek early years, JR Lemon, who ended up at Stanford. Not sure if he went on to the NFL, but I am sure his Stanford education is serving him well.

just sayin'

August 9th, 2011
8:02 am

turd roll…get a life..why the racist’s rants?…your festering attitude is part of the reason racism exist in your mind…


August 9th, 2011
8:21 am

I quit responding to tide roll months ago. He may be a Techie, but maybe not. He never comes at us with the basic Tech 101 stuff like working at McDonalds, Anybody can go to UGA, Thugs etc…..He may just be lonely.

Response to "just sayin"

August 9th, 2011
8:21 am



August 9th, 2011
8:44 am

Bad brad and others are right…Calvin has blossomed into the best receiver in the League, but he didn’t dominate at the high school level the way Kedric, JR, and now Hilton has. Part of the reason for that, though, is that we ran a much more ground-oriented attack back then. Coach Walker has opened it up much more now.

Kedric was an absolute monster. He was involved in a very bad car wreck the summer before his freshman year at UGA that would have killed a mortal man. Kedric suffered “only” a broken leg and went on to start as a true freshman a few months later.

Anyway, contests Mike and Go Creek!


August 9th, 2011
8:45 am




August 9th, 2011
8:57 am

To call the current environment racist in UGA is a gross fallacy. Biased, yes. Racist, no. What group of people, be it an institution established by a majority group, social class, cultural, or ethnic groups, don’t have biases. Most Americans were biased against Vick, calling him a RB playing QB, from Monday to Saturday, until they saw him play on Sunday. Not one Vick detractor on ESPN (Merril Hoge) or Fox News(Adam Shein) has retracted any negative statements or criticisms they have relayed to the public about Vick. Schein, in his little world, still believes Kevin Kolb proved himself enough to start for the Eagles and earn a $60 mil contract from the Cardinals. It’s clear: He prefers stand still QB’s. Most African Americans prefer mobile QB’s. It’s not a color thing. It just so happens most mobile QB’s happen to be Black. Aaron Rodgers is the perfect blend. But anyway, you get my point.

just sayin'

August 9th, 2011
9:53 am

i don’t think anyone is calling the environment at UGA racist but one troll…turd roll…time after time he’s been called out on this and can not…or will not…defend his position…a hating racist…no doubt about it and he will continue to spout that to his family and friends..if he has either…and someone will believe and continue his attitude to the next generation of baby momma’s and baby daddy’s….


August 9th, 2011
10:22 am

@just sayin’ hit the head on the nail brother. I’m black and can concur with that. I would say it’s more a case of mild paranoia, than out right racism. Black people, in general, just want the appearance of a fair shake. However, there are too many coincidences where this is not the case. How in the world can anyone accuse the CURRENT environment at UGA of racism. I can think of no other institution in the SEC who would have hired Vince Dooley’s successor, with a Black man.

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10:36 am

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August 9th, 2011
11:35 am

As someone who knows Will Adams & his family, I can tell you UGA has been talking to him since he was a sophmore. My gut tells me they didn’t pull the trigger on him because he’s “only” 280, while the guys they’ve brought in are above 300 lbs. Since their line is such a priority, I don’t think they can wait (weight, LOL) for him to bulk up to 320 before he plays. In the SEC, you gotta have that weight against the bulls. In the ACC & with the run offense of Tech, 280 and climbing is a perfect fit. This kid is athletic, his dad played USFL as a QB. He’ll be a very good one at Tech for sure.


August 9th, 2011
12:53 pm

Good luck Mike Hilton, one of many youngsters who want to be the next Dexter McCluster. Ole Miss has three early RB commits and two, Hilton and Jaylon Walton (Memphis) are similar in size and attributes. May the best man win, and so will the Rebels.

See the RBs at an Ole Miss summer camp here: