Hinkhouse prepped at West Des Moines Valley High School in Iowa and had offers from some D-2 programs, but decided instead to take his talents to the JUCO level in order to get some looks from FBS programs.
"Here at Iowa Western, first off, it was close to home so that was pretty big, but also the success of the program and how many D-1 recruits they've been sending out, that was pretty attractive too," Hinkhouse told JCFootball.com recently. "Also the coaches here are great so I knew I would be getting top-notch coaching which would also help get me ready for the next step."
As a freshman this past season, Hinkhouse started ever game at left tackle for the Reivers, using his quick feet and solid technique to ward off pass-rushers.
Those traits have garnered him some looks from some FBS programs and he recently received his first offer just last week.
"Last Friday, Ball State offered me," Hinkhouse said. "It's been my dream to play D-1 football so knowing that that dream is going to be a reality is pretty exciting.
"I'm also getting letters and calls from a lot of other schools, but the ones I've heard from the most are Boise State, South Florida and Iowa State."
Even though his dream is on the cusp of being realized, Hinkhouse said that isn't cause for him to let up and he's been an animal in the weight room all offseason.
"They have us in the weight room five days a week right now and we're doing a lot of agility work too," Hinkhouse said. "I am working on getting bigger, putting on good weight and getting stronger too.
"I'm eating about 7,000 to 10,000 calories a day, but it's all good stuff. I'll get where I need to be, but I really have to focus on doing that."
We will have more on Hinkhouse over the next few months as he gets closer to fall camp. He will graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.
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