Hinder Is Enjoying the Ride

Quarterback Austin Hinder from Steamboat Springs High School (Colo.) has seen his stock rise considerably over the past several months. He has scholarship offers from some of the top programs in the nation, including Notre Dame.

A lot of the top quarterbacks have already decided on their future, but Austin Hinder (6-fot-5, 180-pounds) isn't in a rush.

"I'd have to say that I'm just enjoying the ride," Hinder responded when asked about his recruitment. "I might take a few officials before I make a commitment. I'm definitely taking official visits to Notre Dame, Cal and UCLA. From there, it really depends. I also like FSU, LSU, Stanford, USC, CU and CSU."

Although his plans may change, Hinder has specific reasons that three of the schools have earned official visits.

"I've always loved Cal," Hinder explained. ‘It was the first school to offer me. I have all the respect in the world for coach Tedford and all the coaches there. They're always a top-25 program. I'm excited to see where things end up.

"UCLA was up here at my school (Tuesday). Actually Cal was up here as well. Norm Chow, I love that guy. Coach Neuheisel is a good guy, the facilities, the area; all of it is just unbelievable.

"Notre Dame… I talk to Coach Weis, coach Powlus and coach Alford a lot," Hinder said. "Every time I talk to coach Weis I learn something new. It's always good to have a coach that knows so much about the game and can develop quarterbacks. We talk about the recruiting process, high school, life and priorities as a football player. He has some great tips. They're definitely one of my top schools. The traditional at the school is amazing. Everybody knows Notre Dame and it's a very popular school and it's always had a very good reputation."

There are several different types of quarterback entering the college game today. Hinder says there shouldn't be a doubt about him.

"I'm a pro-style quarterback," Hinder explained. "I'm an athletic pro-style quarterback. I'm not a dual-threat quarterback that runs the ball at the college level, but I'm a quarterback that when the play breaks down, I can make plays with my feet. I'm not going to settle for a loss of yardage. I can escape the pocket. I can also drop back and make that throw. I'm more of an athletic pro-style quarterback."

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