Hinton Nearing A Decision

WASHINGTON, N.C. -- Southern (NC) Durham standout Kendall Hinton was one of just a couple of quarterbacks participating in Saturday's Shrine Bowl combine, and he received plenty of action.

Southern (NC) Durham standout Kendall Hinton was one of just a couple of quarterbacks participating in Saturday's Shrine Bowl combine, and he received plenty of action.

During testing, he measured in at 5-foot-11 and 184 pounds. Hinton posted a 4.60 40-yard dash and a 4.46 shuttle with a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump. He also did 13 reps of 185 pounds.

It was in seven-on-seven workouts where Hinton shined. He seemed to always make the right read depending on the coverage and threw with accuracy.

"It was great to be back on the field, but I was a little rusty," he said. "We didn't have a lot of quarterbacks so I got a lot of reps. I didn't think it took me long to get going though."

While Hinton is a very good passer, he can also hurt teams with his legs. Last season he passed for 3,975 yards and 39 touchdowns while adding an impressive 1,185 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns on the ground. Along the way he helped lead the Spartans to a 3A state championship.

Because of his lack of height, Hinton does a great job of evading pressure and extending plays.

"Well I definitely look up to [Johnny] Manziel, and the State coaches say all the time I play like Russell Wilson," he said. "I just try to feel the pressure, and I definitely love passing more. I'm not a run-first guy. I guess I just play on instinct... when it's time to run."

Hinton held offers from NC State, BC, Duke, and East Carolina when he added an offer from Wake Forest last month. He recently visited the Demon Deacons.

"I visited Wake Forest last week," he stated. "That went pretty good. I enjoyed myself. It's a great school academically and I really like the coaches they brought in. It's a program that's building. I enjoyed it."

Hinton says that NC State, Wake Forest, and Duke share the lead right now but added that NC State is recruiting him the hardest.

"They feel like they are building a foundation, and I'd be a great fit for them," he said. "I love the coaches and I enjoy the school, but I guess it's still tied with all of them."

Attending NC State would also give Hinton a chance to play with his top receiver. In February the Wolfpack inked Southern's Maurice Trowell.

"We have a strong relationship on and off the field," Hinton said of Trowell. "He's a receiver I'd want to throw to. That's something that's definitely in their corner."

Hinton admitted that his recruitment is entering the stretch run. On Tuesday he will visit Wake Forest and follow that up on Wednesday with a trip to NC State.

"I'm probably going to end up deciding in the next two weeks," he said.

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