Signing among his family

While many top prospects across the nation put on a show to celebrate their scholarship achievement with a signing ceremony, one local top national prospect didn't put on such a show. Rather, he signed his letter of intent in the privacy of his home among his family members.

On Wednesday, Troy Hinds officially became a member of BYU's 2012 recruiting class.

"[BYU] FedExed the LOI and the scholarship to me and my family yesterday," Hinds said. "Then this morning I just signed it with my family and that was pretty much it. Then my dad faxed it in after that to make it official."

After Hinds signed his name, he said he was really happy.

"It just felt good to finally be a Cougar and know that I was going to BYU," said Hinds. "There was some pressure in the summer, but now that I'm committed as a Cougar that pressure went away. I didn't really have to worry about much after that. I was just excited to finally get it over."

Prior to Hinds inking his name, some colleges gave one last shot at trying to change his mind during the recruiting period.

"Yeah, there was a little bit of that but not much," Hinds said with a laugh. "Everyone sort of knew that I was a solid BYU commit, so they didn't really try too hard."

Many high schools have an event where those that received scholarships sign their LOI in front of the student body and faculty. Usually after they privately sign the official scholarship offer and send it off, an unsigned duplicate letter is given to the athlete for such an occasion.

"No, there was nothing like that and I just did it all on my own," Hinds said. "I didn't do anything like that."

After Troy's father faxed the original letter of intent to BYU on Wednesday morning, Troy received a phone call from the BYU coaches.

"I got a chance to talk to all the coaches for a little while and that was good. They congratulated me and said they were happy. I let them know that I was pretty happy too."


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