High School Football
In 2000 and 2001, Hirston, while attending New Britain High School, rushed for over a thousand yards. In his senior seasson he led his team to a state championchip as he ran for 1,147 yards and 19 touchdowns. For his great season he was named to the Connecticut] All-State team and also hounored as the state playoff Most Valuable Player.
Hairston attended and played college football for Rutgers University (2003 - 2005) and Central Connecticut State University (2006). In his three years with Rutgers he played in 16 games as a running back (25 total) and rushed for 696 yards on 210 attempts and scored nine touchdowns. He also had receptions for 112 yards. He only played on special teams units in 2005. Realizing that his chances of starting at running back while at Rutgers were slim, Hairston transfered to Central Connecticut State University where he would be the teams top running back. In his 2006, senior season with the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils he rushed for a school record 1,847 yards and 20 touchdowns with 5 receptions for 58 yards. Eight out of the eleven games that he played in 2006 he rushed for over a hundred yards. His best game came in the Blue Devils sixth game of the season victory over St. Francis University when he ran for 332 yards on 23 rushing attempts with five touchdowns. His rushing yardage (1,847) and rushing average ( 6.7) were the best in the nation. He was named as a finalist for the annual I-AA Walter Payton Award
- Hairston can do a 39-inch vertical leap that was the best of any college running back in the nation in 2007.