Hinds talks about his BYU commitment

On Monday the speculation and waiting ended. Coach Mendenhall hauled in one of the top LDS prospects and arguably the prize of the 2012 recruiting class in Davis High School's Troy Hinds. Hinds met with Coach Mendenhall in his office on Monday to tell him BYU is the place to be.

After a giving the recruitment process a lot of careful attention, Troy Hinds came to a decision, and on Monday he made his commitment to BYU official.

"It felt right after a lot of thought and prayer," Troy said. "It all just basically just kept coming back to BYU and I knew I needed to be there. In my head and heart I knew that BYU was the right place to be, so I didn't want to wait any longer and wanted to get it out of the way before the season started."

So he got up, got ready and hopped in the car with his father David, and the two drove to Provo for a special meeting with BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall. The meeting had been set up for a short while, and Monday couldn't get here fast enough for the 14th ranked defensive end, ESPN top 100 national prospect and athletic phenom.

"We set up the meeting last week and I wanted to come down today," Troy said. "Today, I made it official in Coach Mendenhall's office and told him that I wanted to commit."

The news of Troy's commitment to BYU has Cougar fans all over ecstatic, and many hung on every word of his past trips down to Provo. He had made many on-campus visits in the past and had met with Coach Mendenhall and his Cougar staff many times. And while Coach Mendenhall may have had some idea of Troy's intent, Troy never hinted to him what his plans were. When he broke the news to BYU's head coach that he was going to be a BYU Cougar, Troy watched as a smile grew upon the face of his future head coach.

"I don't think he knew for sure," Troy said with a laugh in his voice. "He might have had an idea, but I don't think he knew for sure. We were talking for a little bit and then after that I just told him that I wanted to commit to him and BYU and that I want to play football here for him. He smiled and was very happy and said congratulations and all that."

As a bishop of a local LDS ward, Troy's father David will be handing off his son to a college experience that will seek to continue the influences he taught his son in the home. To David, it's not only a relief but a real blessing.

"Bronco told Troy in his office that his commitment to Troy and [my wife] Lisa and I is that the foundation of BYU will help build Troy for his entire life," said David. "That's when people say, 'Geez, why go to BYU? What about the NFL?' I think, 'Man, you people just don't get it.'

"Life is more than just football and we're grateful that Troy has a broader vision and a mind where he's been able to take all the information and come to the realization that BYU is a place that provides a broader view and is the place for him. I think my son will be a better young man for going there and going through those experiences with all those great people as he continues to grow in all aspects of life down there.

"My wife Lisa and I are blessed that there is a place like BYU where our son can go to school. I was just talking to Coach Kaufusi and I said, 'What more could a father ask for than to be able to send his son down to a place where he can associate, hang around and be taught by such great men like Coach Mendenhall has on his staff?'

"The last time my wife Lisa and I were down there, we were just amazed by the quality of men Coach Mendenhall has on his staff, and I can name every single one of them: Coach Tidwell, Coach Poppinga, Coach Howell, Coach Weber, Coach Doman, Coach Kaufusi, Coach Reynolds, Coach Cahoon and Coach DuPaix. What a group of great men, and our family is just blessed to be able to go down there and be taught football by these great men."

Since heading into his sophomore year, Troy had amassed fifteen scholarship offers from high profile college programs such as Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Utah, Stanford, UCLA, Cal, Washington, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma. As he sifted through the value of each college football program and weighed in the balance each college's worth, he felt that one continually rose to the top.

"It was great to be recruited by all those schools and there were a lot of opportunities and things," Troy said. "It just came down to BYU having everything I wanted in a school. I knew that by going to BYU that I wouldn't be sacrificing something for something else, but that I would be able to get the most out of my scholarship by going to BYU.

"BYU just had everything I wanted and everything just added up all the way around - the football program, the education, the atmosphere, the coaches and the overall BYU experience that can't be found any where else."

As more and more college programs threw their name into the ring, entering the Hinds sweepstakes, BYU continued to cut through to the top. It was no longer time to drag the process out any longer.

"When I was going through the process, everything just kept coming back to BYU even though I could have gone somewhere else," said Troy. "I could have gone to another program, but I might be sacrificing something else to do it, and I knew that if I went to BYU I would have everything and wouldn't be giving up anything to do so by being a part of that program. That's when I decided to pull the trigger.

"I just feel like I can get the most out of my scholarship. I can get a great education and I get to play football for a great football program that's coached by great men. Then, there's everything in between that you can't find anywhere else. There really isn't any more than that. If I didn't know that BYU was the place for me, then I obviously would have waited. Once I knew, there was really no reason to wait. So, I wanted to get it over with and let Coach Mendenhall know that BYU is where I wanted to be."

Mature for his age, Troy took a very practical and sensible approach to the recruiting process. He tossed aside the fluff, hype and all those sparkly things often associated with recruiting. It had nothing to do with the color of a college program's uniforms, it had nothing to do with what conference a college might be in, but rather the overall value of what a scholarship could provide.

"Every conference, really, has good football regardless of what conference it is," Troy said. "A college's conference really didn't play into my decision. I based my decision more on the type of school I would be going to, the education I would get and the quality of football that they have there. It was more about what's really important than anything else.

"I'm going to have to be at a school for four or five years, so I didn't want my college experience to just be all about football, because that's not the only thing there is in life. I wanted to get the most out of my college experience and I felt that BYU would give that to me. It was more that than anything else rather on looking at things that don't really matter much."

BYU fans around the country can celebrate Monday's news that Troy Hinds will don the blue and white of BYU. In the meantime, the Hinds family will be doing their own celebration in their own way, knowing what lies ahead for their son, a great young man in Troy Hinds.

"I want to say that BYU is a great place to be," Troy said. "People who watch BYU football knows what it represents. It's a place where church is combined with football, and I know that we represent something more. The reason why I wanted to come to BYU is because there really wasn't a better place for me. It has everything I'm looking for."

"They're going to play great football and Bronco told us that it was his goal to win a national championship," David said. "However, along the way, Troy is going to be taught lessons in life by good men in the gospel. As parents, we couldn't ask for anything more."

Congratulations Troy and your family. BYU fans everywhere welcome you to the Band of Brothers and will be celebrating with you in your decision to become a BYU Cougar.

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