"I went down to a camp (at Miami) about two or three weeks ago," Hinkle said. "I liked the academic and athletic options it gives you. The overall campus, not to sound corny, is pretty nice."
It was nice enough to sway Hinkle to choose Miami over Wisconsin, where he also had an offer.
Hinkle said it was a complicated process, and the decision took him some time to arrive at. But, in the end too many factors were working in Miami's favor. The most important being the chance at early playing time.
"It took a week or two deciding which one I wanted to go to," said Hinkle. "A chance to play right out of the gate interested me. The Miami football program seemed welcoming when I went down there. I didn't want to stay too close to home, but I wanted to stay in Ohio. I liked my position coach and the recruiting coach."
Hinkle projects to be a safety in college, even though he spent time on both sides of the ball in high school.
In his freshman year, he was solely on the offensive end. However, by the time he began playing varsity ball, he was playing more and more defense, and liking it more and more.
"There's more contact on that side of the ball," said Hinkle.
He elaborated, adding an obvious justification for his enjoyment playing defense: "Instead of getting hit, you're hitting people."
Although Hinkle has one more year of high school left, a foundation for success has certainly been built playing for St. Ignatius. Ignatius has one of the most storied traditions in Ohio High School football, winning nine state championships since 1988.
Despite losing in the regional quarterfinals this past season, Ignatius was the team that came closest to knocking off eventual state champion, and nationally ranked, St. Xavier. Ignatius lost 17-14 in triple overtime.
The expectation for success has rubbed off on Hinkle.
"There's a lot of motivation there because of the tradition they've had," said Hinkle. "All the teammates there are awesome; they are down there every day working hard with you. Everyone there has one goal."
In his last season at St. Ignatius, Hinkle will strive to improve his speed in order to keep up with collegiate competition. It is the hard work that he will use in that endeavor that he believes will make him a valuable asset to Miami in the fall of 2009.
"I think my worth ethic will continue down there. In school and in sports."