FRANKFORT — Julian Hylton didn’t wait long to take up Illinois on its scholarship offer.
The Lincoln-Way North defensive back verbally committed to the Illini on Tuesday, becoming the ninth player in the Class of 2014 for Illinois coach Tim Beckman.
He received a scholarship offer in mid-June from Illinois after attending one of the school’s one-day showcase camps.
“The thing I like about Illinois is the message,” said Hylton, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound running back and defensive back at Lincoln-Way North who will play cornerback at Illinois. “Coach Beckman talks a lot about state pride, and the state pride in our team. He expects the best out of all the Illinois guys. I like the vision he has.”
Hylton did not have the list of big-time offers, but is a three-star recruit. Army and Northern Illinois were his only Football Bowl Subdivision offers along with a handful of offers from Football Championship Subdivision programs like Bucknell, Colgate, Illinois State, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Hylton said he had participated in camps at Big Ten schools such as Indiana, Nebraska and Northwestern, but no offers had been extended his way.
Hylton joins Centerville (Ohio) defensive lineman Tito Odenigbo, Lincoln-Way East center Nick Allegretti, Neuqua Valley wide receiver Mike Dudek, Newark (Ohio) Catholic quarterback Chayce Crouch, Rice Lake (Wis.) linebacker Austin Roberts, Blue Valley (Kan.) linebacker Henry McGrew, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin wide receiver Malik Turner and Chicago Mt. Carmel running back Matt Domer in Illinois’ Class of 2014.
“My parents and I were talking about it, and we felt that we really liked Illinois,” Hylton said. “We just felt like we could make a decision right now, so we did.”