J.D. Hinnant on the road to recovery

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Fountain Valley (Calif.) offensive lineman J.D. Hinnant is on the recovery trail after a violent car accident last month not only ended his season but could have ended his football career.

J.D. Hinnant, one of the regions elite line prospects, was driving to his final regular season game when his car was t-boned and that's about the last thing he remembers of the accident.

"I was knocked out on impact, I still don't know what happened," Hinnant said. "I fractured my pelvis in multiple places, broke my tailbone and suffered a concussion. I'm doing better now, I'm in physical therapy and doctors expect a full recovery. God was definitely looking out for me and I'm very thankful for that."

On the recruiting front, Hinnant had already taken an official visit to Nebraska and had November trips scheduled to Oregon and Oregon State.

"Unfortunately I was in the hospital for the Oregon trip and I was supposed to visit Oregon State last weekend for the Civil War game but wasn't cleared to fly yet. I'll be able to take trips in January and all the schools that were recruiting me before the accident have been very supportive.

"My five schools are California, Duke, Oregon, Oregon State and Nebraska. I haven't heard as much from Nebraska but I had a home visit with Duke last night and Oregon came in this morning. Cal will be coming for dinner on Thursday and I'm talking with Oregon State as well."

Hinnant said he hasn't set any visit dates yet and is still waiting for the green light from his doctors.

"Until they tell me I'm good to get on a plane, I can't really set a trip date," Hinnant said. "They said January I'll be good but I still need to get that final clearance first. The home visits have been good so far though and Oregon actually brought up the idea of grey-shirting, which I'm not opposed to at all.

"Cal still needs a head coach but I like Coach Michalczik a lot and hopefully he stays. I took an unofficial visit to Duke in the summer and liked it a lot there. All of these schools are great fits for me and I'm just excited and thankful to have this opportunity. January is going to be busy for me but I'm looking forward to it."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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