Focus 2010: OL/DL Jesse Hinz

It has been awhile since the Sooners have landed a top prospect from the "Land of Lincoln", but they are one of the early favorites to land one of the best in 2010. Two-way lineman Jesse Hinz is receiving heavy recruiting interest, but it seems two schools have somewhat of an early advantage.

Jesse Hinz, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound lineman from Beatrice High in Neb., earned All-State honors for the way that he played for the Class B Beatrice Orangemen.

"I think I did pretty good," Hinz said of his play. "I was a lot more explosive and stronger. I think this year I did a lot better at dominating the guy across from me. Last year I just kinda took care of him, but this year I feel I really dominated."

Hinz plays both ways in high school, and the coaches have not yet specified with 100 percent certainty what position he will play on the next level.

"I am not for sure. I think most of them are recruiting me for D-Line. I am not really sure about all of them though."

Hinz has yet to reel in his first official scholarship offer, but he is hearing from an abundance of major programs.

"Not yet," Hinz responded when asked if he had secured an offer.

"I am hearing from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Oregon."

Hinz does not name a leader, but two schools could have the edge if or when they step up with a scholarship.

"Right now it is probably Nebraska or Oklahoma, but I can't say for sure right now, so it is wide open," Hinz explained.

Hinz has already visited Oklahoma's campus for an unofficial visit when Sooners defeated Kansas.

"It was really cool it was the first college game I had been to other than Nebraska. It was a real neat experience. I thought Nebraska had the most tradition of all, but there are some real deep traditions at Oklahoma too."

But the Cornhuskers have also always been at the top of his list.

"I have lived in Nebraska most of my life. I have been watching games and stuff and with all of the tradition it has always been fun."

Hinz is waiting for the day offer number one comes in. It would likely mean even more if it was from one of his favorites.

"It is going to feel like all of the hard work has all kind of paid off," Hinz expressed.

Hinz has definite plans to attend the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January and a camp at Nebraska this summer.

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