Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Austin Hinder, Colorado's Top Prospect, Chooses Cal

From KVDR Denver – link to article.


“The state's best opted to bolt. Austin Hinder, a quarterback at Steamboat Springs High School, signed today with California. Hinder's grandfather, Jim Hanifan, led the nation in catches as a tight end for the Bears in 1954. Even without the family connection, the choice for Hinder appeared simple.  Cal head coach Jeff Tedford has tutored some of the best quarterbacks in college football during his tenure in the Pac-10 Conference. He developed Aaron Rodgers and Kyle Boller into first round picks. As offensive coordinator at Oregon, he helped Akili Smith become the third overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Granted, Boller and Smith were disappointments as pro players but Tedford's reputation should largely be judged on his players' collegiate body of work.  Even if he wanted to go to CU, how could he pass up being mentored by Tedford? The alternative? Go to Boulder and be coached by a man many believe won't be there by the time Hinder is a senior. Elite players want stability. They want to grow and develop into pro players. Hawkins has not shown the ability to do that at CU.

No comments: