2007 (Junior): Hinkley red shirted during his first season with the Aggies.
Grossmont College: Durig his time at Grossmont College, Hinkley helped them collect a 24-2 record, including a National Championship in 2005. He then helped Grossmont to the Junior College National Championship quarterfinals in 2006. He played both middle and outside linebacker whiel with Grossmont College.
University of San Diego: Hinkley played one year at the University of San Diego. He started as a true freshman at strong safety, recording two tackles before suffering a seson ending injury. He received a medical red shirt.
High School: Hinkley played for Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaiši. He was named a all-League selection both his junior and senior seasons. Hinkley helped his team to a 6-5 overall record in 2002 and a 6-4 record in 2003. Both seasons Punahou was ranked in the top4 in the State of Hawaiši. Hinkley also competed in track & field his senior year, earning all-League in the 100-meter dash.
Personal: Hinkley is the son of Mike and Anna Hinkley. He is majoring in Independent Studies.