LSU kicked off the July 4th weekend with a major firework as Chris Hilton, a four-star wide receiver from Zachary High School, committed to the Tigers Friday morning.
Hilton is the third-top 15 wide receiver commitment in LSU’s 2021 class. Hilton is the No. 8 receiver prospect and joins Mississippi’s Deion Smith (No 13, 86th overall) and Texas’ JoJo Earle (No. 12, 75th overall) in the class. The Tigers are also the favorites to add a fourth wide receiver to the 2021 class, Walker High’s Brian Thomas Jr., another four-star. Thomas is the No. 7 receiver in America and No. 3 player in the state of Louisiana.
Adding receivers has been a focus for LSU with the expected departures of Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall at season’s end and graduation of Racey McMath. If LSU holds on to Hilton, Smith, Earle and add Thomas that need will certainly have been addressed.
Physically, Hilton is built differently than the receivers LSU has on the roster. While Chase, Marshall and McMath are all at least 6’0” and 200+ pounds, Hilton is 5’11 and 169 but is an absolute burner, running a verified 4.45 40-yard dash as a sophomore. He was also the 5A state high-jump champion as a freshman and the indoor high-jump champion his sophomore year. Hilton also runs the 100 meter dash for Zachary and is expected to be part of LSU’s track team. Last season, Hilton caught 43 passes for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Broncos.
Hilton is the second player to commit to LSU’s 2021 class this week. Naquan Brown a defensive end/outside linebacker from Virginia pledged to the Tigers Wednesday. What’s surprising about Hilton’s commitment is he’s actually from Louisiana. Of the now 14 commitments in LSU’s 2021 class, Hilton is only the third player from Louisiana, joining Peyton Todd, a punter from West Monroe, and Saivion Jones, a defensive end from St. James.
LSU now has the No. 7 overall class on 247, and No. 2 class in the SEC behind Tennessee.