Hinton Talks Texas Tech

RaiderPower.com caught up with Texas City linebacker D'Vonta Hinton, who has used a perceived lack of respect due to his small stature as fuel to become one of the top defenders in the Lone Star State.

Texas City linebacker D'Vonta Hinton continues to be recruited by Texas Tech daily.

"They send me like seven letters a day. I pretty much talk to Kevin (Curtis), pretty much every day."

Hinton, who earned Associated Press Class 4A first team all-state honors in 2013 as a junior, plans on making the trip up to Lubbock on Saturday for Texas Tech's annual Spring Game and said he should be able to confirm Friday.

The 5-foot-10 product may not be the biggest player on the field, but he has been clocked at 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a perceived lack of respect serves as extra motivation. A violent hitter, Hinton tallied 148 tackles with 27 for loss, four forced fumbles two fumble recoveries and scored a pair of defensive touchdowns.

"People say I'm not good enough. I'm not big enough, because a lot of schools knock me for my height."

Texas Tech is known to utilize players who aren't the tallest in stature, but primarily for offense.

Current offensive coordinator and receivers coach Eric Morris used to play under Mike Leach and was known as "The Elf". Current inside receiver Jakeem Grant is listed at 5-foot-6 and running back Quinton White is 5-foot-7. If he signs, Hinton will not be alone. There are several defensive players under six-feet tall.

Hinton said he received calls from just about every coach on staff including Kliff Kingsbury, but the head man has yet to make the drive to his home in Texas City. Although Kevin Curtis was the first to come see him.

"Right at the end of my sophomore year, he was the first coach to come down."

Louisiana Tech is the only offering school Hinton has visited.

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