Christopher Hinton Jr. has become a very coveted recruit as only a sophomore. The four-star 2019 offensive/defensive lineman out of Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian already holds many offers in his recruitment including one from Michigan. The Wolverines have made him a top priority for the 2019 class and let it be known during this evaluation period stopping by twice to his school.
That attention from the Maize and Blue coaching staff has kept Hinton’s interest still high in the Wolverines and now has resulted in the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder planning on making his second trip to Ann Arbor later on this month.
“I’m still loving Michigan a lot right now,” Hinton told The Michigan Insider. “They are definitely one of my top schools and they have everything I’m looking for like football and education. We are taking a visit at the end of this month like a two-day type of thing going around the school and seeing more the education side of Michigan. Hopefully, I enjoy that a lot and I’m certain I probably will. The whole family will be coming up too. The whole family enjoyed the trip the first time seeing the atmosphere, the coaching staff and the school. Everyone in my family was really pleased by the trip.”
“I have only been there once, but will be up there in like two weeks, so I’m going up there again and I’m definitely trying to make another visit as well. I’m really trying to get familiar with Michigan because, like I said, it is definitely one of my top schools as of right now. I would say they are really high. I like the football and the area itself. I mean it is really the total package.”
Hinton has proven to be a top prospect on both sides of the ball, but the Wolverines, especially defensive coordinator Don Brown, likes him on the defensive line. Now, he’s ready to build that relationship moving forward with the man they call Dr. Blitz.
“With Coach Brown being the defensive coordinator, me and him really have a pretty good relationship,” said Hinton. “I’m looking forward to getting tighter with him. I can’t wait to do so.”
The Wolverines have also put a major emphasis on recruiting the Peach State, which is something the talented Georgia native himself has taken notice of and felt their presence with as well.
“You got to come to Georgia,” said Hinton. “We got the best talent down here. Obviously, they are going to do what they need to do to find success and talent, but I appreciate that a lot because they are making me feel like I am a pretty top prospect right now. I just appreciate the effort they are making.”
Something else that has caught Hinton’s attention was Michigan’s overseas trip to Rome, which also appeals to him.
“It is a really cool thing that they are doing,” said Hinton. “They are really trying to get their players outside the community. I mean it is not a deal breaker, but it definitely catches my eye with Michigan because it shows that they want to grow their players. They want to expose them to different situations and areas around the world, which is pretty cool. I wouldn’t have mind (making that trip to Rome).”
Entering his junior campaign coming off a state championship loss, Hinton knows there will be new challenges to overcome and face compared to last season, but has his eyes on the prize and is ready to bring home that championship this year.
“We are not looking bad at all,” Hinton said of his team. “A lot of the offensive line and defensive line are back. We have great corners and running back. The one part of our team that might be lacking is quarterback. We lost a five-star quarterback, so the offense is going to change a little bit. That is one thing we might have to adjust to, but the great coaches we have around our staff, they will prepare us really well and have us ready for any type of situation.”
“I want to win a state championship and nothing less. We lost in the state championship last year and I really want that ring.”
In addition to visiting Michigan coming up, Hinton also plans on stopping at Northwestern and possibly Ohio State