Defender's Delight

Arkansas will get its opportunity this weekend to impress Waco (Texas) High cornerback Will Hines (6-1, 180), who is a soft commit to Missouri and who loved what he saw Monday night in the defensive-dominated national championship game.

There may have been some football fans upset with the defensive battle that was the national championship game on Monday night, but Wace (Texas) cornerback Will Hines was not one of those.

Hines (6-1, 180) has plans to play in the SEC next season for either Missouri or Arkansas – where he will officially visit this weekend - and loved what he saw in Alabama's 21-0 dominating win over LSU.

"I absolutely loved it," Hines said. "The SEC is all about great defense and I can't wait to be a part of that. I loved the big hits and how the defenses just dominated the offenses."

Hines, who had 40 tackles, 10 pass break-ups and an interception that he return for a score last season, committed to Missouri back on June 30th.

That was before the Tigers decided to make the move to the SEC, which it will join on July 1.

"I didn't know that was going to happen, but it was fine with me because I really wanted to play in the SEC anyway," Hines said. "It's worked out great for me whether I go to Arkansas or Missouri."

Hines said he should be listed as a soft commit to the Tigers.

"I am not as committed as I once was," Hines said. "I just feel like I need to see what the best situation for me because it is where I am going to be the next four of five years."

Hines was recently visited at his home by new Razorback defensive coordinator Paul Haynes.

"I really like Coach Haynes and what he is talking about as far as how Arkansas is going to play defense and how they would use me," Hines said. "He's told me how there is playing time available for me right away if I just come in work hard, pick up the playbook and get ready to make an impact."

Hines is certainly the type of taller cornerback Arkansas is looking for in the 2012 recruiting class.

"I have long arms and a lot of length and that really helps me in my coverage ability," Hines said. "I also think that I have good body control and can also come up and make the big hit when I need to do so.

"I do want to keep working on getting stronger because I know that is what I will need to be able to compete in the SEC," Hines added.

Former Missouri commit and current Arkansas pledge Jonathan Williams, a tailback from Allen, Texas, has been trying to get his friend to flip from the Tigers to the Razorbacks as he did.

"Yes, he is recruiting me and wants me there, but he knows it has to be my decision and what is best for me," Hines said. "But he definitely wants both of us to be Razorbacks.

TCU is trying to get Hines to take an official visit after his visit to Arkansas.

"I am probably going to make my decision just a few days after getting back from Arkansas unless I do decide to go ahead and take that TCU visit," Hines said. "But like I said, I think the SEC is where I need to be playing."

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