"My top four are UCLA, USC, Washington and Notre Dame," Hinds said. "Everyone of them except Notre Dame has offered me, but (Notre Dame assistant) coach Diedrich has come and talked to me quite a bit."
When asked if he had a clear favorite, Hinds said he didn't, but did say: "UCLA is definitely in the mix but I really like Notre Dame and Washington too."
Those four schools have been in Hinds upper echelon for some time, and while the Huskies have turmoil in their program, particularly in their coaching ranks, Hinds isn't really worried about that. "Coach Neuheisel isn't really the one recruiting me. Their assistants are. So that isn't really bothering me. I am heading up to camp up there in Seattle."
Traditionally, quarterbacks tend to make earlier decisions, but Hinds is in no hurry to pull the trigger. "After I take all of my trips, I'll make my decision," he said.
Hinds spent time at UCLA's spring practice, but wasn't able to attend Junior Day. Primarily, UCLA quaterbacks coach Steve Axman and the coach who recruits in his area, assistant Don Johnson, are recruiting him, and he had good things to say about them. "Coach Axman is a real good coach, and knows how to work with quarterbacks. Coach Johnson, he has been on me since I was a sophomore, always recruiting me, and I really like him a lot. He is a great coach. From my conversations with Coach Dorrell, he is real cool, too."
Hinds said he isn't intimidated by the possibility of limited playing time: " "I feel I can come in and compete with anyone."
Hinds is still waiting to hear if he will be invited to the Elite 11 Camp, but will definitely be participating in the Beyond 2000 Camp in Thousand Oaks. As for the rest of the summer, he's has a docket of passing leagues with St. Bernard's that he says he's primarily concerned with, to prepare for his senior year.