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Hinojosa Talks Texas, Klein Collins

December 7, 2011
By Austin Staton of Klein Collins High School

As one of the top-ranked baseball prospects in the state of Texas, Klein Collins senior infielder C.J. Hinojosa was set to enroll at the University of Texas in January. However, despite signing a financial aid agreement with the Longhorns in October, Hinojosa will remain in high school for one more semester before heading to Texas next fall.

“(Graduating early) was the plan but I didn’t get all of my credits knocked out in time,” said Hinojosa. “I’ll be playing in the spring with Klein Collins.”

Last season, the 5-foot-11 standout hit at a .405 clip with 45 hits, 16 home runs and 12 stolen bases for the Tigers. As the second-ranked prospect in Texas and one of the top-ranked prospects in the country, Hinojosa took part in the Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego in which he notched one run and a stole a base.

“Playing college baseball at Texas next year is going to happen because that is where I want to be,” said Hinojosa. “The college experience is something that you get one chance to live and it’s not like you can go back and do it again.

“Whatever the world brings at me, I’m just going to have to take it and go with it. With Big 12 baseball, I’m going to be (at Texas) for three years and I have no problems with that because I’ll still be draft-eligible when I’m 21-years old. When it comes to Major League Baseball, there is no big rush.”

In addition to Hinojosa’s return to the Tigers this season, head coach Miguel Carlos will enjoy the services of fellow Texas-commit, Austin Dean, which should provide Klein Collins with a potent lineup that puts them amongst the favorites in the always competitive district 13-5A.

Although playing ball at Texas is currently on the backburner, Hinojosa maintains that he is looking forward to playing for college baseball’s all-time winningest coach, Augie Garrido, and contributing to his brand of ‘Augie Ball’.

“Some people say that (Coach Garrido) never lets guys hit but it’s a game about scoring runs and not hitting home runs,” said Hinojosa. “What people don’t know about me is that I am actually a really good bunter and I can lay one 30-feet down the line. I like the style of play at Texas.”

Hinojosa was set to live with former Klein Collins standout Sam Stafford, who was drafted by the Yankees in the second round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. While Stafford is senior, Hinojosa says that the two talk regularly and that he still has a close relationship with the entire Longhorns squad.

“Texas is like a brotherhood,” Hinojosa explained. “I really wanted to get up to Austin during the spring so it’s very disappointing and I wish I would have completed all of the credits. I gave it my all and I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I can’t change it now so I just have to pick up where I am and continue to get better.”

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