How new Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football addition Kobe Hylton picked UL as plans changed

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Not everything has gone as planned for new UL addition Kobe Hylton since his time at South Gwinnett in Snellville, Georgia.

He initially intended to go to a junior college, but instead accepted an over-the-phone offer from Long Island University, an FCS program in New York. After spending last season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, which because of COVID-19 didn’t play until the spring, the defensive back committed to Utah State.

But now he’s headed to Louisiana.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Hylton is certain of that, announcing on Twitter he’s “Signed and Sealed” with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

“I found the place at the right time, by the grace of God,” Hylton, who recently visited UL, told The Daily Advertiser on Wednesday.

Hylton said he plans to join the Cajuns sometime in the next few weeks, in time for the start of preseason camp, after completing two junior college classes.

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South Alabama also offered Hylton

Recruited by UL primarily as a boundary cornerback, Hylton said he also received recent offers from South Alabama, UTEP, Fresno State and Eastern Michigan.

At Long Island, where he started two of eight games and had 11 tackles including a season-high four against Villanova, Hylton played first at cornerback and later safety.

With relatives on his father’s side of the family living in New York and near Philadelphia, he jumped at the opportunity.

“Me being young, all I heard was ‘D1’ and ‘scholarship’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I commit Coach,’ over the phone,” said Hylton, who soon decided Long Island wasn’t the best spot for him.

“Football is football to me … but as far as a team and a school, it was definitely a culture shock.”

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All about fit

At Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, where he played nickel back, Hylton had 19 tackles and an interception in six games.

His commitment to Utah State came in late April, when it seemed he had no better offers.

“At that point in time, I didn’t think much more was coming,” Hylton said. “I felt like that was it, so I just committed to hold down a spot.

“When everything else started rolling in, I just decided to weigh my options more.”

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Hylton’s visit to UL made the difference.

“(It’s) the same culture as how it was when I was high school, and just being around that family environment,” he said. “I just felt like it was the right fit for me.”