Clemson Moving On Up with Michael Hinton

Graham, NC (Cummings HS) Free Safety Michael Hinton has continued his dominant play in the Cavaliers secondary this season. This speedster has also won several championships in track & field recently, including titles in the 300-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles and the triple jump. With that said, he could be a key ingredient in a speedy Tiger secondary over the next couple of years.

Last season Michael Hinton (6-3, 190, 4.5) registered 98 tackles, 8 INTs, 11 passes broken up, and 4 sacks.

He also was named an all-city and all-conference performer and he played a critical role in his team bolting to an impressive playoff run and a 12-3 record.

As a preseason North Carolina all-state selection, he has 7 catches for 210 yards on offense and 20 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 sack, and 4 passes broken up on defense through his first two games of the season.

Hinton attended camps this summer at N.C. State and Clemson and his latest top 5 has the Tigers wavering between his top 2 choices. Florida, N.C. State and Ohio are all in the mix right now, even though he does not have a formal offer from the Gators at this point.

Some publications have indicated that the Tigers are his current favorite, but there is a long time to go in determining where he'll end up. If he continues to impress on the football field, he'll have many more offers on the table by December.

By all accounts, this kid could be a real sleeper this season. With a tall, lean frame of 190 lbs, he could be the ideal candidate to play cornerback for the Tigers.

"He's got great speed and he can jump out the building," notes Jim Young, a local newspaper reporter in North Carolina. Jim covered some of Michael's basketball games last season as well as his track & field championships.

"He also comes across as a real bright kid." added Young.

Hinton added that he will take the SAT for the first time in October and make his final decision after the season. We will continue to keep you updated on Michael Hinton's peformance over the course of the season. Top Stories