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Son of former NFL standout talks recent Clemson offer

Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian defensive end/offensive tackle Christopher Hinton Jr. collected an offer from Clemson on Wednesday. Though just a sophomore, his scholarship count is in the double-digits now.

A day after he received an offer from South Carolina, Clemson assistant Mike Reed stopped by his school to deliver news of an offer from the Tigers.

Hinton Jr., the son of former NFL all-pro offensive lineman Christopher Hinton, took time to speak with The Clemson Insider shortly after announcing the offer.

“It feels great,” Hinton, Jr. said. “Clemson is a great program and is a great environment, and it felt great.”

Hinton Jr.’s 10 offers are only the beginning for him. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder who plays on both sides of the ball for Norcross possesses outstanding size, athleticism and ability, and he has the makings of a future star at the next level. He could play either defensive end or offensive tackle in college, though he said Clemson is looking at him as an end.

Michigan was first to offer Hinton Jr. in January 2016. Northwestern, where both of his parents attended school, marked his third offer last November. He also has offers from Georgia, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.

Hinton Jr. has visited Clemson before, and called it “a great experience.”

“It was in the fall,” he said, “and I just liked the campus and the vibe it gave off.”

Hinton Jr. said he is thinking about making another trip to Clemson over spring break.

A few schools are standing out to him in the early stages of his recruitment.

“Georgia, Michigan and actually Clemson has been showing a lot of attention early,” Hinton, Jr. said.

Hinton Jr. said his dad has been a valuable mentor for him as he goes through the recruiting process. After being selected as the No. 4 overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, Hinton played 13 seasons with the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts (1983-89), Atlanta Falcons (1990-93) and Minnesota Vikings (1994-95), and was a seven-time Pro-Bowler.

“It’s been a huge help,” Hinton Jr. said of his father. “He helps keep everything in perspective.”

What will be important to Hinton Jr. when making a decision in the future?

“When making my decision the school needs to have great education, great football and a great community and school life,” he said.

Hinton Jr. is not currently rated but projects to be one of the top prospects in the 2019 class.

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