Chris Hinton Slides Into Your DMs
ESPN released their initial Junior 300 for the 2019 class, and they're a major outlier for Michigan's top commit, five-star defensive lineman Chris Hinton. They rank Hinton, who's no lower than 14th overall and 2nd among SDEs on the other three sites, at 97th overall and 9th among DTs, with the rationale that they believe he's a better prospect on the offensive line:
Highly touted Hinton should switch to offense
Defensive tackle Christopher Hinton is the son of a former All-Pro offensive linemen. The younger Hinton should follow in his father's footsteps and switch to OL. The four-star Michigan commit is a stout run-defender, but defensively he would be more of role player and run stopper. As an OL, he possesses good flexibility, feet and a frame that can support more size and on that side of the ball, by contrast he can be an excellent, "full-time" player.
Many prospects would ignore this perceived slight or lash out at the site in question. Hinton chose a different tack and went straight to the source to see how he could improve:
ATTN: All prospects--this is called maturity, perspective, respect & willingness to handle coaching. A top 100 player in ESPNJr300. pic.twitter.com/gucc5brt9a
— Tom Luginbill (@TomLuginbill) August 15, 2017
That's certainly not how High School Me would've handled things.
Meanwhile, Michigan still did well in ESPN's rankings. The rest of the commits:
- OH OG Nolan Rumler: #3 OG, #48 overall
- KY DE Stephen Herron: #11 DE, #82 overall
- IMG ILB Charles Thomas: #3 ILB, #250 overall
Two players in the top three at their position and two more in the top 100 overall. Not too shabby for a four-person class.
[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the roundup.]