In a statement, the four-star prospect, Utah's top-rated player in the 2012 class, chose in-state BYU.
"After much thought and deliberation I have made my decision where I will be getting my education and playing football. My Dad and I met with Coach Mendenhall in his office this morning and I committed to him that I will be enrolling at Brigham Young University after I complete my LDS church mission. I'm very excited about the academic, social and football opportunities I will have at BYU," said Hinds in a statement.
Hinds had offers from all over the country, but ultimately chose to stay close to home.
"I want to express my sincere appreciation to Coach Whittingham and Coach Hill at the University of Utah along with Coach Anderson at Stanford, Coach Tupoi at Cal, the coaches at Notre Dame, Coach Brown at Nebraska along with all of the rest of the wonderful coaches I have met along the way. They have all been very kind and professional in the way they have recruited me. I have made good friendships with many coaches across the country during the process and I hope to continue those relationships over time. It was a difficult decision saying no to the great Pac-12 schools and others that have recruited me but in the end I know in my heart that BYU is the best school for me," said Hinds.
Hinds becomes the second Scout 300 prospect to commit to the Cougars, joining quarterback Tanner Mangum.
"It was a fun ride but I'm relieved and excited that I know I'm going to be playing football and getting my education at BYU," said Hinds.