Top '19 DE Hinton Already Feels Part of Clemson Family

2019 defensive end Chris Hinton visited Clemson Saturday with his family and came away very impressed with what the national champs have to offer.

“It was a great visit.  I came up with my mom, dad and my brother,” Hinton told The Clemson Insider.

The facilities were a hit with Chris and his family but something else stood out after the visit.

“They were amazing.  They are definitely top facilities, but the thing that stands out to me is never facilities.  At Clemson it was a great family feel and a feel that I am looking for in a school,” Hinton said. “The vibe was great and the staff was great.  It felt like I am already a part of the family.”

How did Hinton enjoy meeting with Todd Bates and Brent Venables?

“Man they were great,” he said. “They are real genuine people and they will push you to your best as well, but it’s because they care about the athletes as people. They coach trying to develop great young men.”

After the visit Clemson is among the early favorites.

“I’m keeping all options open but my top schools as of right now are Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State and Virginia tech,” Hinton said.

More visits are on tap for the prize recruit.

“I am visiting Stanford, Cal, UNC and Duke soon,” Hinton said. “And it wasn’t scheduled but after today I definitely need to go back to Clemson soon.”

What will be important when the Greater Atlanta Christian standout makes a decision on his college destination?

“The family feel of a school and the staff as well as being on a team with like-minded people,” Hinton said. “Academics will be a huge part in my choice and also a competitive organization.”

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