Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh speaks with reporters about his 2017 team during Big Ten football media days on July 25, 2017, in Chicago. By Chris Solari, DFP.
Hinton, the son of a former All-Pro offensive lineman, is the No. 1 strongside defensive end for 2019
Jim Harbaugh and Michigan received some big news tonight.
Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian’s Chris Hinton Jr., one of the nation’s top prospects in the class of 2019, announced his commitment to U-M on Twitter.
According to 247Sports, Hinton is the No. 9 overall recruit in the nation, the No. 1 strongside end and the second-best player out of Georgia. The 6-foot-4, 265 pounder boasts 23 offers, including from Georgia, Stanford, Alabama, Ohio State and USC.
In his sophomore season, Hinton tallied 70 tackles, according to MaxPreps.
Hinton’s father was a former NFL offensive lineman who attended Northwestern and was the fourth overall pick in the 1983 NFL draft. He was a three-time All-Pro and played 13 seasons with the Colts, Falcons and Vikings.
Hinton’s younger brother, Myles, is a highly-touted prospect in the class of 2020, holding 11 offers already — including U-M, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
Hinton represents yet another victory for Harbaugh in the state of Georgia — a source of contention between him and Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, who has expressed discontent with Michigan’s satellite camp plans in the past.
In 2017, U-M dipped into the state to sign five-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon, who was highly coveted by Smart and the Bulldogs. For 2018, the Wolverines hold verbal commitments from three Peach State prospects: four-star cornerback Myles Sims, four-star linebacker Otis Reese and three-star running back Christian Turner.
Hinton, though, would be the highest-ranked commitment U-M from the state in the Harbaugh era.
Michigan’s 2019 class is now ranked fifth in the nation with an average rating of .9650. The Wolverines have received commitments from four prospects — Hinton, five-star end Stephen Herron Jr., four-star offensive lineman Nolan Rumler and four-star linebacker Charles Thomas — this summer.