Colorado QB Prospect Sees UCLA

Austin Hinder, the 6-5, 180-pound quarterback prospect from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, visited UCLA unofficially Saturday. He talked about the visit and the scholarship offers he has from across the country...

Steamboat Springs (Colo.) quarterback Austin Hinder (6-5, 180) is doing his due diligence in checking out as many schools as he can before he makes his decision.

This past weekend, Hinder took an unofficial visit to UCLA, his first chance to see the campus in Westwood.

"It went great. I loved the campus, I loved that coaching staff, and it just went really well in general," said Hinder. "It was a good first experience."

Hinder met with the Bruins head coach and offensive coordinator while in Westwood.

"I talked with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Norm) Chow, and for me, those were the most important ones for me to talk to," said Hinder. "We saw everything on the tour and we saw the scrimmage. It was fun. I've known Richard Brehaut and Nick Crissman before, I met them at a quarterback camp. So it was a great visit."

Hinder had been to the Golden State before, visiting Cal and Stanford ,and he's planning a return trip to the Bay next month.

"I'll see Cal and Stanford in May and then I'm going to take a visit to Notre Dame, and I'd like to see some other schools as well," said Hinder. "I've seen Cal and Stanford before and I've seen the campus and facilities at Colorado State, Colorado and UCLA. I'd like to see LSU and Florida State, too. I'm going to try and see as many schools as I can."

Hinder has scholarship offers from Cal, Stanford, Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Nebraska, Colorado and Colorado State, as well as smaller programs.

Even with numerous out-of-state options, he isn't opposed to staying in-state for his college career.

"I kind of want to find the place that I feel the most successful, whether it's in-state or out-of-state," said Hinder. "I like Colorado and Colorado State. I'm going to visit those schools as well. Colorado, I can go so see because it's so close. Location isn't a big factor. I don't mind going a far distance or short distance to play."

Hinder said the opportunities he has around the country has made the process better. "Oh yeah, it's great because it's always great to have options," said Hinder. "You can explore all your options and see what's best for you. A lot of the schools, like Florida State and Alabama, I didn't think I'd get offers from."

Hinder said no timetable has been set for him to make a decision.

"I don't really have a set time, but I'd like to enjoy the recruiting process and make sure I make the right decision," said Hinder. "It could be either before the season or after. It depends on how the visits go and where I feel the more comfortable."

And Hinder wasn't ready to narrow his list down. "I couldn't name a top seven right now," said Hinder. "I will have a top set of schools soon."

Hinder was at the Badger/Scout 7on7 last month in Las Vegas, and in the spring will be at the Elite 11 tryout at Cal and then the Nike Camp at Stanford.

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