Hinds Has Connection to UCLA

Kaysville (Utah) Davis defensive end Troy Hinds, the top prospect in Utah's 2012 class, has an interesting connection to the Bruins...

Being the top prospect in Utah has been a fun experience so far for Kaysville (Utah) Davis defensive end Troy Hinds.

The four-star has offers from all over the country, and things are really heating up, with Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma some of his more recent offers.

"I never expected things to be like this, but it's been pretty crazy," said Hinds. "It's fun though. I'm enjoying the whole process."

Hinds is wisely taking his time, with so many options to choose from, and doesn't have a set timeframe for when he'll decide. But he knows it won't be soon.

"Probably by summer, I'll narrow it down to about seven or eight schools," said Hinds. "I really want to go through the whole process and take some visits. I haven't even decided yet where I'll visit."

Hinds said the schools he's been focusing on so far include the in-state schools Utah and BYU as well as Stanford, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and UCLA.

When the offers came from BYU and Utah, the Cougars and Utes were both Mountain West stalwarts, and appeared to be for the long term. By the time Hinds signs somewhere, the Cougars will be an independent and the Utes will be in the Pac-12.

"It's really cool to see that and it doesn't have a big effect that they're going to be in a bigger level than the Mountain West, but it's good to know too," said Hinds.

Hinds is handling the mantle of being Utah's top prospect quite well.

"There is not a ton of pressure," said Hinds. "It hasn't had a ton of impact on my thought process at all and there is not a lot of pressure to stay in-state."

But Hinds acknowledged the two in-state schools are both heavily in the mix.

"I like both BYU and Utah a lot," said Hinds. "I went to BYU's Junior Day and I'll be going to Utah's too."

His Davis teammate Zach Lindsay is already a commit to BYU.

"Zach is talking to me about going to BYU with him," said Hinds. "He's always talking about it."

Hinds also likes the Cardinal because of their academics and UCLA has a connection, with Hinds' dad David, having played high school football with Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel.

But Hinds insists he's months away from any kind of clarity.

"I just want to take some trips, and go check out some of the schools," said Hinds.

Hinds, 6-5, 225, said many schools like him as a standup outside linebacker in the 3-4, and others as a rush end.

"I'm fine with either really," said Hinds.

Academically, he's got a 3.4 and will be taking the ACT this spring.

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