Missouri safety Cam Hilton switches sides to provide spark for offense
Cam Hilton is going to be a pillar in the Missouri starting lineup for the next two to three years, but the question is: At what position?
On Monday Gary Pinkel announced that he would let his true freshman make that decision himself.
GP on Cam Hilton's possible return to defense: Cam will make that decision at the end of the season. Completely his call.
— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) October 19, 2015
Hilton, a 4-star recruit from St. Louis was a standout at wide receiver and defensive back at perennial power Webster Groves. But, after spending the summer and beginning of the fall at safety, Hilton switched to offense and has risen up the depth chart in recent weeks.
As a high-school senior he caught 54 passes for 922 yards and 14 touchdowns, but was valued in the secondary because of his athleticism and diversity.
In last Saturday’s 9-6 loss to UGA, Hilton converted 17 snaps into a pair of catches for 35 yards; only sophomore wide receiver Nate Brown was more productive.
Extremely impressed with Cam Hilton's pass-catching abilities… Makes me wonder why he wasn't in WR mix from the start. #Mizzou
— Michael Kim (@MichaelKim120) October 18, 2015
While that isn’t saying much for a lackluster Mizzou offense, Hilton’s ability to work in the slot and make plays could be the boost the offense needs. In addition to his new role at wide receiver, Hilton has also taken over punt return duties for the Tigers, which has been a lifeless unit all season.
Hilton also has something else working in his favor; the trust of his roommate, freshman quarterback Drew Lock. With more passes expected to come Hilton’s way moving forward, Mizzou fans should get used to the Lock-Hilton connection.
— Represent Mizzou (@RepresentMizzou) October 18, 2015
And, if he keeps making plays like this, his choice of what position to play will be an easy one.