College recruiters have definitely noticed.
After putting together top-notch performances at an Elite-11 camp at California, a Nike camp at Stanford, and the National Underclassmen Combine in San Antonio, Austin Hinder jumped on the recruiting radar of nearly every top program in the nation.
"I've gone to so many camps and proven myself," the 6-foot-5, 180-pound Steamboat Springs, Colo., product said. "I have all the tools you need in a quarterback. I have height, athleticism, I'm mobile, arm strength, I'm a player. I might not have the 4,000 yards passing, but I don't think that really bothers a coach when he sees what I can do."
Hinder is absolutely right.
After completing 90-of-134 passes, which is an outstanding 67-percent clip, for 1,228 yards and 16 touchdowns to just four interceptions, the Steamboat Springs High standout has racked up 13 scholarship offers from places like Alabama, California, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Kansas, Arizona State and Notre Dame.
The Irish offered the four-star Hinder a scholarship last Friday.
"It's awesome," Hinder stated. "Very exciting. Such a great program with Charlie Weis there. He's done so many things with quarterbacks these days, and it's such a well-known program, it was really exciting."
The Scout.com top-100 player had been getting stacks of mail from Notre Dame for the past couple weeks. He spoke with Irish assistant coach Tony Alford a couple Saturdays ago, and last Friday, he found himself talking with Weis.
"We just talked about the game," Hinder said. "He mainly said how he was really interested in my style of play, and how I'll be a great fit at Notre Dame. It was fun. We just had a normal conversation. He offered me the scholarship, and we talked a little more about football and his style of coaching, which was really interesting.
"We talked about Tom Brady, who is by far one of my favorite quarterbacks, and the things he's done with Tom Brady. That's an unbelievable resume so it was fun."
Hinder is having fun with the recruiting process, taking everything in. He'd like to make a decision before the start of his senior season, but will not allow himself into being pressured into committing somewhere. Hinder has no favorites, but is definitely intrigued by the Irish offer.
"They seem to have such a solid group of coaches, and coach Weis, I enjoy talking with him," Hinder began. "And they have a lot of great young players. They're going to be a team to beat very soon. They're going to be a great team."
Besides California and Stanford, Hinder has taken visits to Colorado and Colorado State. He wants to see as many places as possible this summer, including Notre Dame.
Hinder has a 3.7 GPA, and is looking to major in engineering or law.
"The first thing I'm looking for in a school is academics," Hinder said. "I want to have great academics. You can't play football your whole life, and you need something to fall back on. Location, I have to love the place I'm living the next four to five years. Team chemistry and the coaching staff, I have to like who I'm playing with and what I'm playing for."