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Red Raider Gridiron: D'Vonta Hinton Plays with a Chip on his Shoulder

Texas Tech commit D'Vonta Hinton plays with a chip on his shoulder and might be a quote machine in a few years. Eric Ward continues to do good things in Wichita Falls organizing flag football.

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This Hinton Guy Might Have a Little Something. While looking for things to post on Sunday morning, I ran across this article about 2015 linebacker commit D'Vonta Hinton, who talks about overcoming his lack of measurables by just playing the game really, really well.  The thing that sticks is that Hinton won't be able to talk to the media for the first year, but that second year should be fun.  Here's  bit:

"I've got a saying: If size matters, why isn't the elephant king of the jungle?" Hinton said.

"So I have a chip on my shoulder from it, but I always have a chip on my shoulder. That's just how I play when I get on the field."

Hinton's coach also talks about what makes him so successful:

"Everybody wants a 6-2 linebacker, but he has the ability to make plays with his speed, because he's so explosive, and he can use his shoulders and speed to avoid blocks or run through them," Surovik said. "It never really affected him."

Recruiting Reviews. The Red Raider Club Recruiting Reviews begin on February 4th, which is also the National Signing Day and run for about ten days after that, including Lubbock, Dallas, Amarillo, Midland, San Antonio, and Houston. See the link for all sorts of details.

Ward Goes 7-on-7. Pretty cool story from the Times Record News about how former Texas Tech footballer WR Eric Ward is putting on these pick-up 7-on-7 football games in Wichita Falls to help get older players in shape and younger players to learn from the older players:

Ward doesn't need to show off. He's not running full speed with double moves to score here. He's already won by seeing 13-year-olds learn from 23-year-olds and some of yesterday's stars burn a few calories while paying it forward with respect for the group who's got next.

Ward calls his pickup 7-on-7 games the Texas Revolution. They play frequently at Rider High School. Bring a pair of hands and a good attitude. It's fun competition, but if you want to learn about what it takes going forward, there's a lot of experience to lean on there.

Miscellaneous. 247 Sports had a deal where they made some additional predictions and included DT Darrion Daniels prediction to Texas Tech . . . a Firehouse Sub in Midland painted a mural with Bradley Marquez holding a panther by a leash and Bront Bird complained (Ha! Ha! Ha! -- but I know this is serious business) . . . watch out for the name Paul Banks III (6-2/175), a cornerback from Navarro JC, who was originally committed to Houston, this Denton Record Chronicle article says that Texas Tech has been sniffing around and may offer.  I do know that DC David Gibbs was part of the team that recruited Banks, so they know about him.  You can watch Banks Hudl film and he's a 3-star on 24/7 Sports.  Banks visited UNT this weekend where another guy that has been on Texas Tech's radar, Eli Howard, re-affirmed his commitment to UNT . . .