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Stanford Football Recruiting Profile: OT Myles Hinton

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Joining the Cardinal as one of the higher-rated recruits on the OL since Andrus Peat, Hinton already has familiarity with his signal-caller

A large man, and a large signing for the Cardinal, Myles Hinton joined Stanford during the Early Signing Day in December as a four-star recruit from Greater Atlanta Christian School in Georgia. Hinton, once a five-star recruit, finished his senior season as the nation’s sixth-best offensive tackle prospect and ninth-best player in the state of Georgia, according to 247Sports.

At 6’6, 308 pounds, Hinton hails from the same high school as current Cardinal signal-caller Davis Mills. He made it official when he signed his letter of intent on December 18 of last year.

Hinton had at least 14 official scholarship offers and included schools like Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami (Fl.), Ohio State and Michigan, where most experts thought he would wind up. Instead, he chose Stanford and will enroll in classes later this year. Though we won’t get our first real look at him until fall camp opens up, Hinton’s high school tape is terrific from the limited moments from his junior season and anything during his senior year.

He has fluid hips and a very strong first step. Hinton utilized that combination along with his strength very well also, getting the better of multiple defensive linemen within the first few seconds of several plays. There is no wasted movement with much of what Hinton brings to the table and for a man his size, he can move very well.

GACS featured him heavily along the line at left tackle but also brought him as a pulling lead blocker on counters on multiple occasions. His athleticism shined in those moments where he found a defensive end or linebacker at the second level and pancaked him to the ground with ease.

Run-blocking and pass-blocking are absolute strengths at this time as well as his entire athletic frame. 247Sports Director of Scouting Barton Simmons compares him to current Seattle Seahawk OT Germain Ifedi, saying “he’s big jointed, long, broad-shouldered offensive lineman that plays big.”

Simmons continued his praise in his evaluation for Hinton, saying he “bends well with light feet despite heavy frame. Nimble with the ability to pull and locate second level defenders.”

Echoing just what shows on the tape, for sure.

To boot, Hinton is what appears to be an artist and if the whole football thing doesn’t pan out, can make a living painting shoes for high school recruits, college athletes and well, anyone who wants amazing new shoes with custom designs:

Hinton will fit in extremely well along the Cardinal offensive line with his plus blocking skills across the board and his athleticism that he put on display as a member of the track and field team at Greater Atlanta Christian School. He also has a familiarity with his ‘new’ quarterback in Davis Mills as Mills also hails from the same high school.

That rapport will only improve as time goes on and if Hinton can take some lessons from two of the team’s top five returning players in Foster Sarell and Walker Little, he’ll be set up for incredible success during his time in Palo Alto. Ultimately, Hinton has ‘NFL’ written all over him if that is his final goal, because he essentially is pro-ready right now.