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Better Know A Freshman: Chris Hilton

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B U R N E R

Jill Moore

There is a case to be made that, in 2021, the second most important position to be great at is receiver. You look at the elite offenses in college football now, they are ALL loaded with more than one star wideout. That opens up a lot for you. It gets people open earlier in progressions, making the QB position easier, it allows you to bulk up your protections since you can rely on one of your top couple guys getting separation, etc. LSU took this to heart in the past recruiting class, going hard after the position. Chris Hilton may be the best of the bunch. He’s not huge, but looks and plays longer than he actually is, and he can fly. A track star, Chris Hilton is no stranger to hopelessly outrunning competition. At a minimum, he should turn into a dangerous vertical threat, and in college, you can really allocate your receiver responsibilities in a way that leans on their strengths, particularly that one.

The Story

LSU was in on the Louisianan early and often. He took an unofficial to Alabama and an unofficial to Georgia but it seemed to be the Tigers all the way. He did, however, briefly reconsider signing early in the wake of LSU’s mishandling of sexual abuse (good for him, that hesitancy indicates someone concerned about others). In the end, his paperwork went through as planned.

The Numbers

247 Composite Ranking: ****

247 Composite Rating: 0.9647

The Film

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/10068895/5e12b0a6688ed508b4a3ff3c

The thing you can really see from his brief highlight tape is the speed. It’s his defining trait. He is dangerous after the catch, a willing blocker, and a cushion eraser.

The Future

At 169 pounds, it may be tough to put him on the outside right away, but I could definitely see him getting some reps in the slot early. As he puts on more weight, I expect him to become a fixture on the outside

High End: Superstar, the next in the line of LSU pass catching legends, first round pick.

Low End: Struggles to put on weight and is limited to the occasional big play out of the slot, gets passed over in a crowded, young receiver room a la Derrick Dillon.

Realistic: Comes on more and more as the season goes on, eventually settling into a DJ Chark like role, only in a more voluminous passing offense. I think we’d all sign up for that.