February 15, 2009

CSU is Hinder's latest offer

While most of the football class of 2010 is still waiting for its first scholarship offer, Steamboat Springs (Col.) signalcaller Austin Hinder has netted six, and that may only be the beginning. The 6-foot-4, 184-pound quarterback already has offers from Cal, Stanford, Kansas State, Nebraska, Colorado and his latest - an offer to play quarterback for Colorado State.

Last season Steamboat Springs High school went 8-3, led by Hinder's 1,600 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. Proving a duel threat, Hinder also ran for 750 yards and 10 scores for the Sailors last season. He holds a 4.8 time in the 40-yard dash and his brains - a 3.7 grade point average - have proved as impressive as his braun.

"I am an athletic, pro-style quarterback," Hinder said Saturday when asked to describe his game. "I love to drop back and throw the ball, but if the play breaks down I can also use my legs. I hate taking a loss."

Hinder has a couple other connections to Colorado State and its head coach Steve Fairchild. Hinder's current high school football coach - Aaron Finch - played football collegiately with Fairchild at Colorado State. Fairchild also coached with the Saint Louis Rams at the same time as Hinder's grandfather, Jim Hanifan.

"Colorado State is going to be a great program," Hinder said. "I really think Coach Fairchild is going turn that program around. I was just talking to their quarterbacks coach (Daren Wilkinson) a while ago and they all seem like great guys. I have a great respect for them. I'll take a long look at them."

In addition to his scholarship offer list, his list of schools who are recruiting him but have yet to offer are a who's who of college football. Hinder said he has recently been in contact with Florida, UCLA, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and, "most of the Pac-10." While all of the attention may be a bother to some, Hinder seems to be enjoying the process.

"I am loving it," Hinder said. "Some think it (recruiting) is a hassle. I think it's great. I have worked real hard for a long time and this is just one way that the work is starting to pay off.

"They've (the coaches recruiting him) have all been great," Hinder said. "I have a great relationship with Coach Tedford, Coach Hawkins at CU, Coach Harbaugh, Coach Neuheisel. They are all great men and we have great relationships."

Right now Hinder is planning on hitting as many Junior Days as he can to begin to pare down his list of colleges. He is also interested in finding the right atmosphere and academics.

"The biggest thing is education," Hinder said. "You can't play football your whole life and I have to love the place I am going to live for the next four or five years."

In addition to playing football, Hinder is seeing time on the hardwood this winter for the Steamboat Springs Sailors, who are 11-0 going into a game with Glenwood this weekend that could go a long way towards deciding the Conference title. Hinder said he is averaging three points and four rebounds per game.

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