MSU freshman running back arrested for reckless driving

Kylin Hill
Staff Writer

Mississippi State freshman running back Kylin Hill was arrested for reckless driving near Starkville on Thursday according to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

According to the MHP, at approximately 4:40 p.m. on Thursday, the arrest was made on Highway 82 near Camps Airport Road. The 18-year-old Hill, a Columbus native, was allegedly driving a 2015 blue Dodge Challenger in excess of 120 miles per hour.

Hill was booked into the Oktibbeha County Jail before bonding out.

Hill practiced with the Bulldogs on Friday. After practice, MSU head coach Dan Mullen said Hill wouldn’t face any punishment other than the fallout from his arrest.

“I think he has some legal issues he’s going to have to deal with and pay a fine I think,” Mullen said.

Hill was one of the jewels of Mississippi State’s 2017 signing class. As a senior for Columbus High last season, Hill rushed for 1,750 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was dubbed the fifth-best overall prospect in the state of Mississippi for the class of 2017 by 247Sports.

So far in preseason camp, Hill has begun to live up to the lofty expectations that surround him.

“He has size and speed,” MSU running backs coach Greg Knox said of Hill earlier this week. “He has great size, good speed and power. He can run the ball with low pad level and break a tackle. He is going to be a really good player.”

Knox said Hill is still going through a learning process with the Bulldogs. Fortunately for MSU, there are plenty of options at running back while Hill adjusts. Aeris Williams established himself as the starter by the end of last season. Veterans Nick Gibson, Dontavian Lee and Alec Murphy are also all back for the Bulldogs.