Hinds talks west coast recruiting

Rocky Hinds is a 6-4, 210-pound quarterback from Playa Del Ray (Calif.) St. Bernard's, and Rocky has had to be patient his senior season. On the sidelines with an ACL tear, Rocky is still hopeful that he'll be back in time to lead his team in the playoffs.

"We're still going," Rocky told Dawgman.com this week about his team's progress. "Playoffs start in two weeks. Right now we're 5-2.

"I'm rehabbing right now. Basically I've been lifting to get my leg strength back up. I start running either this week or next. I'm doing a lot better. It's looking good. Hopefully I can come back for the playoffs, but it's hard to sit on the sidelines, especially when you know you can help the team out."

On the recruiting front, Hinds has two official visits set, to LSU this weekend and to Washington (12/5). He was supposed to visit Notre Dame last weekend, but needs to take his SAT before he can trip to South Bend, Indiana.

"I'll just take unofficials to those schools," Rocky said when asked about USC and UCLA.

He's narrowed his choices to those 5 schools.

Bobby Kennedy is the coach recruiting Hinds for the Dawgs. "He just tells me how good of an opportunity it is up there with the quarterback situation," Rocky said. "He said I would fit in perfectly. He said that the offense is set so that I could either run or pass.

"I haven't seen a whole (Washington) game, but I've seen pieces of a lot of different games."

When is Rocky set to make his decision? "I'll probably decide in January," he said.

Here are Hinds' thoughts on the three west coast schools.

USC - "They bring in good recruiting classes and they are ranked pretty high, so you always get a chance to compete for a national championship."

UCLA - "It's close to home and it's a great opportunity to play early, by my sophomore year. And they run the west coast offense."

Washington - "I also like the situation that there is for me. I've also heard that there's a good business school up there too."

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