Among the many questions that arose signing day, this was one of the loudest heard about Washington’s class — so who is Taylor Hindy, anyway?
Hindy was one of the first players whose letter was announced by UW on Wednesday. He was also one of the biggest surprises as none of the recruiting web sites listed Hindy, an offensive lineman from Chaminade High School in Chatsworth, Calif., as a UW commit. At the time, he was also unrated by the recruiting sites and not reported on the radar of any Pac-12 schools.
But Chaminade coach Ed Croson said today that Hindy “had a lot of offers” from schools but was simply overlooked because “we don’t really do the (scouting) combines and all those kinds of things.”
Croson said he encourages his players to instead attend camps of schools they may be interested in instead of going to combines (many players attend school camps, by the way). That’s what Hindy did, attending a UW camp last summer when he got to know the coaches and the campus. His father also used to live in the Seattle area, so there was some family familiarity up here, as well.
“He went to their camp and just fell in love with the place,” Croson said.
Hindy told Scout.com he also had offers from Utah State and Eastern Washington and that UW offered on Jan. 22 and he committed essentially on the spot. He said UW coaches told him to keep it quiet (though it was actually reported in both the LA Times and LA Daily News and somehow just escaped notice up here). He didn’t take an official visit (apparently in part because UW had none left to offer at that point) but Croson said that didn’t matter since Hindy had been on campus before.
Croson said Hindy also had interest from the likes of Hawaii, Washington State and Colorado State. But he noted that all three of those schools underwent coaching changes, which interrupted the recruiting process.
“Three of his trips got canceled because guys got fired,” Croson said. “He was on UCLA’s board the whole time — they came by during the season. And then they got fired. So he was on a lot of boards.”
Hindy is listed at 6-4, 295 by UW
Croson said that Hindy played all five OL spots at some point during his Chaminade career and said “he has incredible hip flexibility and feet for a person of his physique and age.
He also handled long snapping and could compete for snapping duties for UW.
Chaminade went 10-3 this year, advancing to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Western Division playoffs.
Here is some video of Hindy:
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