Davis' Troy Hinds moving closer to deciding on a college

Published: Monday, July 4 2011 8:00 p.m. MDT

KAYSVILLE — One can feel a bit guilty calling Troy Hinds for a recruiting update.

Since his first offer more than a year ago, the calls, letters, and interest have grown to the obnoxious stage. "I'm receiving about 10-15 of them every week now," Hinds said regarding the number of calls he's been receiving weekly from coaches, and media.

While not wanting to pile on and add to those calls, it's hard to ignore a recruit such as Troy Hinds.

To say that Hinds is a big recruit would be an understatement. Few football players from Utah get the national interest that Hinds has gotten.

The interest came very quickly after receiving his first scholarship offer from Utah just after his sophomore season.

"I have 15 or 16 scholarship offers now, I can't remember the exact number," said the Davis High School defensive end prospect. "For a while there, it seemed like I was getting a new offer almost every week, but then it slowed down, but I'm still getting the calls and letters. That's for sure."

It's not only the amount of offers Hinds has received that's impressive. It's also the quality.

Utah, BYU, Notre Dame, Michigan, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Georgia Tech all hold official offers for him according to scout.com.

"I have seen firsthand on how the recruiting process works," said his father, David Hinds. "My brother, myself and Tanner (Troy's brother) were all recruited, but Troy's is at a totally different level."

Upon receiving his first offer from Utah, BYU jumped in with its own offer very shortly after.

"I remember at the time thinking that it was great having the top two in-state schools interested in me," said the 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect. "I've really admired both programs for a long time, and definitely had a lot of interest in both of them."

The offers and national attention soon followed after receiving his offers from Utah and BYU.

"I really couldn't even tell you the order of schools that offered me after that," said Troy. "It was all coming so fast, that it was hard to keep track of. It was and is an honor to have so many schools interested in me, but it can get very distracting for sure."

So where does one start in sifting through so many offers from such quality college programs? That would be a difficult task for anyone, let alone for a teenager.

Fortunately for Troy, he's received a lot of good. Not so much in hands-on help, but help in prepping him well to make the best decision for himself personally.

"Lisa (Troy's mother) and I, along with coach Ryan Bishop (Davis' head coach) have done our best to keep our distance away from a lot of it," said David. "Lisa and I appreciate coach Bishop and his staff at Davis High School. We are blessed as parents to have three of our sons (Tanner, Troy, and Ty) in his program. He is a great example and a superb leader of young men."

Troy Hinds recently whittled down his offers to a top 6 list that he will decide from. Those schools include Utah, BYU, Stanford, Cal, Notre Dame and Nebraska.

Each of his final six schools hold some very similar qualities including top educational opportunities, among other key factors. Each school does obviously differs with regards to other factors, however.

Hinds commented briefly on each of his final six schools and why he would make them his final choice.

 On BYU: "I've been down to BYU quite a bit and I always love the feeling I get when I'm there. It's close to home, which is something that is important to me as well. I really love the coaching staff, and how they do things there. I like the tradition and what they stand for there."

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