Seneca High was one of the more talented squads in the state with players like DaMarcus Smith, Michael Fluellen and Tyrone Pearson. But one of the other underclassmen who could become a hot prospect is defensive tackle Oliver Hinkle.
At 6-foot-2, 290-pounds, Oliver Hinkle possesses good size to play on the defensive line in high school and even at the college level. Hinkle had a good year for Seneca, making 54 tackles and five sacks at nose-guard. Hinkle credits his strength with helping him get those numbers.
“My strengths are breaking through a defender, defeating a double team and bull-rushing. Most of the time I’m stronger than my opponents,” he said. “I really need to get better with using my hands because sometimes I get used to bull-rushing so much, the play runs right passed me,” he continued. “I probably would have had five more sacks if my speed was better. So that’s what I’m going to work on this off-season,” he said.
Next season will be an adjustment period for Seneca, as they lose a big portion of their offense in quarterback DaMarcus Smith and wide receiver Michael Fluellen.
“Next year we’re only returning five starters, but I think defense will be okay because Tyrone (Pearson) led the team in sacks and Cody Mills led the team in interceptions,” he said.
Hinkle has had an opportunity to visit a few schools at this point, mostly within the region. Louisville, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois have all had visits from Oliver. He plans to visit Cincinnati next weekend.
“I really like how they treated us at Kentucky,” said Hinkle. “Coach Phillips is a real cool man,” he said. “Everywhere else was okay, too,” said Hinkle.
Hinkle is looking for a place where the recruits are treated well, but he’s also looking at the moral of the team to help him make his decision.
Scout Kentucky Preps will keep you updated on Oliver Hinkle over the next several months.