Photo courtesy of Kurt Hinish
Kurt Hinish, the 6-foot-3-inch, 283-pound defensive tackle from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has attracted the attention of several schools across the nation with his aggressive playing style.
After winning a state championship with Central Catholic High School last season, Hinish noticed a lot of offers coming his way during the offseason.
“Recruiting is going pretty good so far,” Hinish said. “Offers have been rolling in fast the past couple of weeks so it’s been pretty hectic at times.”
Catholic’s head coach Terry Totten attributed his team’s success last season to their commitment to working hard, especially in the playoffs. He also spoke about Hinish’s strengths and talents as a defensive tackle.
“He’s very big, very tough and has a great motor,” coach Totten said. “He’s a very physical kid that works hard at practice.”
In terms of recruiting, Hinish said it is going well for him so far. Hinish has received several offers from schools including Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Ole Miss. He spoke about a few of the offers that have caught his attention.
“The Pitt offer is really sticking out to me because I’m a hometown kid,” Hinish said. “I also really like Baylor. I’m starting to form a relationship with their defensive line coach.”
Hinish described himself as strong and physical player on the defensive line. He said his hand speed and ability to stay low at the line are his biggest strengths. Despite his strengths, Hinish admitted that there are a few things he can improve on.
“I’m just lifting and running,” Hinish said. “I’m working hard during the offseason and sometimes it sucks but no pain no gain right?”
Moving forward, Hinish said he has matured considerably since his first year as a freshman. By working with his coaches at Central, Hinish has been able develop his technique and discipline.
“My coaches at Central have really helped me grow as a player technique wise and mentally,” Hinish said. “We do a lot of work both on and off the field and it pays off.”
Outside of football, Hinish mentioned that he is interested in becoming a dentist after college. He stressed the importance of going to a college with a good dental school.
At the moment, Hinish isn’t sure when he’s going to make a list of schools or where he’ll play in college. He said he’s only focused on reaching his own goals and getting back to the state final next season.
“For sure we’re coming back stronger and even better than we were this year,” Hinish said. “Everybody in our front seven is coming back and we’re going to get it done up front.”
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