Jun 11, 2014
There is a lot of talk about keeping the best talent in the state of North Carolina as football players move from high school to college.
Wake Forest landed one of the top quarterbacks in the state on Wednesday as Southern Durham High School's Kendall Hinton verbally committed to Demon Deacons.
"The academics fit me well, I love the coaching staff, and it was just a comfortable place," Hinton said. "I want to major in biomedical science, and they actually gave me a chance to tour the department where I would be."
Hinton stands at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds and is a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com. He also had offers from Boston College, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina State and West Virginia.
Staying in state was important to Hinton.
"It's your home state. You want to represent your state," he said. "I get to play in front of people I was raised with here."
Hinton believes Wake Forest is a place he can have success to, both as an individual and as a team.
"I feel like if you bring in the right guys anybody can win ... [Wake Forest] is definitely bringing in the talent, I know that for sure," said Hinton.
As a junior last season, Hinton completed 219-of-339 passes for 3,972 yards and 39 touchdowns with just five interceptions. He also carried the ball 95 times for 1,183 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Hinton's performance earned him a number of honors. He was named the Big Eight 3-A Conference Player of the Year, and he was named the Most Valuable Player of the state championship game.
Southern Durham finished the season with a 14-2 overall record and a perfect 7-0 mark in the Big Eight. The Spartans defeated Crest 38-31 to win the 3-AA state championship game at Wake Forest's BB&T Field.
With his recruiting process behind him, Hinton says he can now focus on helping his team defend its state championship.
"It feels great. Now I can put all my attention on my team and on the season," he said. "I don't have to stress and worry about anything else."
Hinton also said his commitment means he can continue focusing on school. He has not yet decided whether or not he will graduate early and enroll at Wake Forest in the spring.
Football season begins on Aug. 1 in North Carolina. Hinton and Southern Durham will participate in the HighSchoolOT.com Jamboree on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Cardinal Gibbons High School where they will meet Middle Creek High School at 6:15 p.m.
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