It’s safe to say that there probably isn’t an athlete in the city who has had a more enjoyable last 24 hours than Tucson High 2017 athlete D.J. Hinton.
The son of ex- UA DB David Hinton, D.J. has been a well known commodity in the city for the last few years despite transferring schools and at times being overshadowed by some high profile teammates.
But his time to shine came Tuesday when the University of Arizona extended him a blueshirt offer.
“When I first heard the news I had no clue at all what a blueshirt offer was,” Hinton said.”Then they described what it is and that it’s basically the same thing as scholarship I jumped at it.”
Hinton had some offers from smaller schools, but Arizona was the school that he always wanted to attend.
“My pops played there and he got to see arguably the best team in the school’s history and he talks to me all the time about what it meant to be a Wildcat," Hinton said.
“He also played on some bad teams, so I know that everything isn’t easy.”
The two-star athlete also feels his path to the Arizona will prepare him for the realities of college football life.
“I played at two of the more well known high schools in Tucson and we had different schemes and I was able to play well in both," Hinton said. "In college, there is change all the time, so I have an idea of what to expect.”
In the meantime, Hinton is going to savor accomplishing one of his biggest goals in life.
“I’m coming in to play running back and wide receiver and my even though my dad played on the other side of the ball I’m hoping I can have some of the same memories my dad has told me about all these years," he said.