Utah DE Hinds Has Irish Interest, Knowledge

Davis High (Kaysville, Utah) defensive end Troy Hinds holds offers from across the country, including one from Notre Dame. He spoke to IrishEyes.com about a family member who keeps close tabs on the Irish, whether he has trimmed his list, what he knows about Notre Dame, and when he may make a decision.

Defensive end Troy Hinds of Davis High (Kaysville, Utah) knows about Manti Te'o's decision to attend Notre Dame instead of BYU, and he paid close attention when Brian Kelly replaced Charlie Weis as the Irish's coach.

And while the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Hinds isn't naming a top five, there are a number of programs catching his eye.

"Lot's of people are asking me about my top 5," Hinds said. "Honestly, I have not really thought about it that much but I can tell you that I like BYU, Utah, Nebraska, Stanford, Notre Dame, Washington and maybe Oklahoma.

"I have interest in the schools that have offered me so far, so if someone I like offers me, my interest will go up. I know the BYU and Utah coaches the best because I have seen them the most, and I have known them since my freshman year."

Because Hinds' father is a Notre Dame fan, his knowledge of the program is a bit more in-depth than many of the others not based in his home state.

"I know that Notre Dame is a very storied university with a long time tradition," Hinds said. "I remember when coach Charlie Weis got fired and Coach Kelly was hired. That was a pretty big deal because my dad has always been an Irish fan.

"He really liked coach Weis. I know about Manti Te'o. He's a great middle linebacker. We love to watch him. I remember it was a pretty big deal here in Utah when he signed at Notre Dame because he was supposedly going to BYU. Manti Te'o and I are also of the same faith (Mormon)."

Hinds hasn't had much contact with the Notre Dame coaching staff, although he does speak with assistant coaches Chuck Martin and Mike Elston.

"Coach Martin will be visiting me at my school next week. I'm excited to meet him," Hinds said. "I don't know them very well, but I'm sure that will change."

Hinds made 58 tackles and had 7 ½ sacks as a junior at Davis High, and is being recruited to play defensive end.

He views himself as someone who can fit well into Notre Dame's defensive scheme.

"My greatest strength is my speed and quickness off the edge," he said." I can close fast on the quarterback and the running backs, and I can pursue downfield pretty well."

Hinds' combination of speed and size makes him difficult to block off the edge, and that should only improve when he gets into a college weight program.

"I can see myself at 240 pounds down the road, so naturally my strength should improve," he said. "I think I could help the Notre Dame defense out. I think I would be a good hand-on-the-ground defensive end, or maybe even a stand-up walk-away end. Either way is good to me."

And while Hinds holds offers from nearly every Pac-12 school as well as programs in the Big Ten and ACC, he isn't getting pressured to make a decision, and doesn't plan on making one any time soon.

"Our plan is to wait until after football season and after I make my five official visits," Hinds said. "I want to have the opportunity to see my favorite schools before I make my final decision. That's the plan right now."

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