RB Kylin Hill, Mississippi State
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Columbus, MS (Columbus)
247 RATING: .9184
POSITION RANK: 9
Rushing: 437 rushes, 2,477 yards (5.7 ypc), 16 touchdowns
Receiving: 44 catches, 394 yards (9.0 ypc), 5 touchdowns
Rushing: 242 rushes, 1,350 yards (5.6 ypc), 10 touchdowns
Receiving: 18 catches, 180 yards (10.0 ypc), 1 touchdown
Kylin Hill Breakdown
Kylin Hill was going pro. Until he wasn’t. In one of the more interesting storylines of the college football offseason, Hill’s return to campus was a surprising one. With a new coaching staff entering the picture, it seemed like his departure would be permanent. Now, he’s back, and the Bulldogs running game retains one of the best backs in all of college football.
The biggest question about Hill coming back has mostly to do with the coaching staff. Mike Leach and his air raid offense come to Starkville, and it doesn’t seem like it’s a good fit for Hill. Leach’s offenses haven’t been known for producing 1,000 yard rushers, so this marriage will provide fans with an interesting look.
Maybe Hill becomes a better pass catcher, maybe not. One thing’s for sure, Leach has a stud in the backfield and he’ll find a way to make the offense work for Hill. He’ll bring an attacking mentality to the running game, and send a message frequently. Contact is something he welcomes, which is a good and bad thing. While he’s not afraid to send a message and lower his shoulder, he tends to seek contact at times when continuing on his path would get him more yards. He’s built to endure hits, but sometimes he forgets that he’s in the open field running away from defenders. His main goal is to attack the man in front of him, and when he wins that battle, he moves on to the next closest defender. It’s a great mentality between the tackles, but it also limits the number of big plays he can produce since he’s basically giving the defense more chances to tackle him.
A future in the NFL is on Kylin Hill’s path after this season. It’s just a matter of what film he’ll produce in Leach’s system. He’s a physical, downhill runner who loves contact, but that kind of back hasn’t been a part of Leach’s teams in the past. If both parties can find a way to make this work, the Bulldogs and Hill have bright futures.