Defensive end Troy Hinds is one of the most sought after players in the country and the top player in the state of Utah for 2012. The Scout 100 member has offers from all over the west coast, and is starting to here from schools in the Big 10 as well.
"My recruitment is going really well. It's been pretty crazy. I've got offers from UCLA, Stanford, Nebraska, Utah, BYU, Arizona State, Arizona, and a few others right now."
Though he doesn't list any favorites at this point, the Utes are in the thick of it for his services.
"I'm considering Utah pretty strongly. They're definitely at the top of my list right now. I've been up there for two games this year against Colorado State and TCU. I also have a good relationship with Coach Jay Hill."
Utah making the move from the Mountain West to the Pac 12 has had an influence on the recruitment of many of their current commitments, and could weight in on Hinds' decision.
"It makes a small difference with them going to Pac 12 because of who they will be playing and where they get to travel when they play. It's not a huge factor, but it does help."
Despite the fact that local schools BYU and Utah have jumped ship from non-BCS conferences and will be playing tougher schedules with more exposure, he's still open to leaving the state and playing elsewhere.
"I haven't really decided whether I want to go out of state. At this point it doesn't matter. I'm staying very open right now and not ruling anything out."
A pretty versatile player with plenty of athleticism who can play defensive end, linebacker, or even on the offensive side of the ball as a tight end, the junior would like to play defense at the next level.
"Right now I'd prefer defense end, or maybe standup linebacker some. I'm open to playing on offense, but I'd prefer to play defense."
With almost 15 months until signing day, Troy is still determining what factors are going to lead to his decision, what it will take to land his services, and when that decision might be made.
"I don't know what the deciding factors are going to be. I haven't thought a lot about it. Now that the season is over I'll start thinking about it more. I don't have a timetable for a decision yet. I plan on worrying about that after my senior season, but that could easily change."
Hinds, who is LDS, plans on serving a mission before his freshman year in 2012.
Hinds Taking His Time
Ute Zone Top Stories
Position grades: Utah vs. UCLAUteZone grades out each position group from Utah's big win over UCLA in Pasadena
Ute Zone9:33 PM
Tevi embraces team-focused roleSam Tevi has played many roles for the Utes, and he wouldn't have it any other way
Ute ZoneYesterday at 7:17 AM
Know your foe: UCLAUCLA expert Blair Angulo breaks down his expectations for Saturday's game against Utah in the Rose Bowl
Ute ZoneWednesday at 8:56 PM
Katoa still weighing his optionsFour star ATH Tayler Katoa is still considering his hometown Utes. Will it be enough?
Ute ZoneWednesday at 12:56 PM