Recruiting: Hinton Likes What He Sees At OSU

When we last checked in on Channelview, Texas athlete Jackie Hinton, he was still slugging out the final days of the semester and final exams and that kept him from heading over to the Oklahoma State mini-camp in Houston. Hinton did it one better, though, as he and his father drove up to Stillwater last weekend to check out the OSU program and campus in person.

"I committed to Oklahoma State," said Hinton on Tuesday afternoon. "The facilities, the community, the work ethic ... everything about Oklahoma State made my decision for me. I had a chance to see everything last weekend when my dad and I went up there."

Asked what his dad thought, Hinton went to the source. "Hey dad, what did you think of Stillwater?" we heard Hinton ask on the other end of the phone. "'He said it was quiet and challenging," replied Hinton repeating his father's answer.

A multi-purpose athlete, Hinton had 50 receptions for 450 yards and 421 yards rushing on offense last season. He also had 321 yards in kickoff returns and a grand total of 17 touchdowns. He told us that Oklahoma State and his recruiting coach Joe DeForest have said he will play defensive back as a Cowboy.

"That's fine with me," said Hinton. "I have a defensive personality and I'm comfortble playing there. I had eight interceptions and five forced fumbles on defense last season."

The 5-10 1/2, 185-pound Hinton has 4.5 speedin the 40-yard dash, and a 285-pound max on the bench press, a 415-pound max on the squat, and a 34-inch vertical jump. He is a multi-sport athlete who also plays centerfield and pitches for the Channelview baseball team.

"I throw a curve, slider, fastball, and a splitter," explained Hinton of his pitching repitoire.

This summer he is working out to get stronger and prepare for his senior season with a trip to the playoffs the goal. He said he is also going to summer school to get ahead so that he'll only have to take a couple of classes next year. Graduating early is not out of the question for Hinton.

"I was looking at Colorado, Arizona State and Utah, but Oklahoma State changed my mind," summed up Hinton on his decision after this weekend's visit.

He becomes the 11th verbal commitment for Oklahoma State and the first commitment for the secondary in the 2008 class.

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