Wolverines add five-star defensive end to 2019 class

Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 1:05pm

The Michigan football team’s 2019 recruiting class has been projected to be one of the best in program history.

On Saturday night, that forecast became more of a reality.

Greater Atlanta Christian’s Chris Hinton Jr. — one of the nation’s most highly-touted recruits — announced his commitment to the Wolverines over Twitter.

“It means so much to be part of a great institution and a great football program and a great tradition,” Hinton told 247Sports.

Hinton is the country’s top strong-side defensive end and ninth-best prospect overall, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He chose Michigan out of 23 total offers, including ones from Alabama, Stanford, Ohio State and Georgia.

Hinton becomes the fourth player to commit to coach Jim Harbaugh for the 2019 cycle, joining five-star defensive end Stephen Herron Jr. and four-stars offensive tackle Nolan Rumler and linebacker Charles Thomas to comprise a class that now ranks fifth nationally.

During Brady Hoke's tenure from 2011 to 2014, Michigan never signed a recruit from Georgia, a talent-rich state historically dominated by SEC programs. But Hinton’s decision further establishes the Wolverines’ presence in the Peach State. Hinton is now Michigan’s seventh commitment from Georgia during Harbaugh’s tenure — a list that includes freshman defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon and 2018 four-star cornerback Myles Sims.

Hinton is the son of former three-time All-Pro NFL offensive tackle Chris Hinton. His brother, Myles, is another nationally recognized prospect in the Class of 2020 with an offer from Michigan.