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Four remain for Hinnant

J.D. Hinnant is finished with unofficial visits for the summer and the Fountain Valley, Calif., offensive tackle has narrowed his list to four schools.
Oregon, Cal, Nebraska and Duke have made the cut for Hinnant, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound three-star prospect who's rated No. 45 at his position and No. 40 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.
He had visited Cal, Stanford, Washington and Duke this summer.
"Cal has a great education and it's pretty close to home," Hinnant said. "I have a great relationship with coach (Jim) Michalczik, I probably have a better relationship with him than any other coach recruiting me. I probably fit in well with their offense and they get guys to the NFL which is a plus.
"Oregon is one of the top teams in the nation. Their offense is much like my high school offense so I'd be able to transition well. I really love the area, the campus is nice and it's a pretty good education and I have a good relationship with coach (Steve) Greatwood."
The plan for Hinnant is to take an unofficial visit to Cal on Sept. 9 and then schedule official trips to Cal and Duke for after his senior season. He has an official visit set for Nebraska on Sept. 28 and another official to Oregon for Nov. 17.
Getting to Nebraska is a priority for Hinnant, who also said his recent trip to Duke went incredibly well.
"I haven't been to Nebraska but I heard the atmosphere is phenomenal," Hinnant said. "The people are great and they've had sellouts for so many years. The way they develop their linemen and how they get them in the NFL is a big plus.
"When I went to Duke on my unofficial visit I connected really well with the coaches and the players and I thought it would be a really good fit there. The education is phenomenal and they're turning that program around and I might want to be a part of that."
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