Hinds is just finishing up his sophomore year and should be receiving much more attention as he begins to show his wares at the various national and local camps and combines this coming summer. For right now, however, he's just thankful to receive an offer from Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
"It's a great honor to be offered by BYU," he said. "It means a lot and I'm way excited about it to be sure. I was hoping it would happen and they were telling me that it probably would happen, but until you officially get that letter you're not really sure."
Hinds knows all about BYU and likes the unique aspects that it has to offer as a football program.
"I love how BYU incorporates the Church into their football program," he said. "I'm a Church member, so BYU having that is something I really like about them. I've visited down there quite a bit and it's a place where I know I could feel comfortable and grow."
Hinds' latest visit to BYU saw him in the office of head coach Bronco Mendenhall, where, as is the norm, football wasn't the main topic being discussed.
"He just talked mostly about the university in general and how they help young men grow and develop," Hinds said. "We talked football some, but it was mostly about the other aspects of BYU, which I love since those are important things. Football is obviously important, but it's the other things we talked most about which I really liked."
It's not all about BYU for Hinds, however, as he's just beginning the recruiting process after finishing his sophomore season. He played mostly at defensive end, but did get in some snaps as a tight end.
"I'm very open to anyone right now," he explained. "Most of my attention, just about all of it, has been from BYU and from Utah. I'm very thankful for my Utah offer and will be visiting them and finding out more about them. I know that Utah has a quality program, but I need to visit them up close like I have with BYU to determine what other things they have to offer."
Hinds has been receiving letters from other schools such as UCLA, whose camp hopes to visit this summer along with other camps and combines. Having camped at BYU last summer, he's hopeful to camp there again while perhaps attending Utah's camp, the Nike combine held in Utah this year, and some others.
"It's exciting to have received the attention that I have so far," he expressed. "I feel that I had a really good year, but I have a lot of room to improve. Right now I see myself playing defensive end, but you never know. We'll have to see how I grow and what coaches feel I'm best suited to play."
Hinds' older brother Tanner Hinds is someone many fans have inquired about on the heels of his great senior year performance, which earned him state MVP offers. Those that were hopping to see Tanner at BYU, however, may be disappointed that he's opting for a scholarship offer from Weber State.
"Tanner likes BYU a lot, but he's committed to Weber State and will play there," said Hinds. "He really likes the program there and is going to do great there."