Now heading into his senior season, Hines says that the recruiting process is picking up for him with several more colleges joining Auburn with offers on the table.
A 6-0, 190-pounder with good speed and instincts on the field, Hines says that at the moment Auburn is his favorite. While several more schools are involved, he notes the Tigers have the jump on everyone else.
"Auburn is the one that stands out the most because they have recruited me heavily," Hines says. "They are also the one that gave me my first offer. A couple more that stand out to me are Vanderbilt and Alabama. I don't really hear from Alabama a lot, but I do from Vanderbilt."
Offered by the Tigers by former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, Hines says the coach's departure hasn't had any bearing on Auburn because of the arrival of Paul Rhoads. Since meeting Rhoads and watching him in the spring, Hines says he's become a fan of the new man in town.
"I've talked with him a lot," Hines says. "He actually came down this spring to visit with me. I also got a chance to go down for Auburn's A-Day game and I spoke to him for 30 or 45 minutes.
"I really like him," he adds. "It's kind of funny because this year at Pelham we got a new defensive coordinator and his techniques are similar to Coach Rhoads. They play a similar scheme. Both safeties roll up and roll back. There's not a definite free and strong safety. They don't play the exact same defense, but there are a lot of similarities."
As a junior Hines finished the year with 80 tackles, one interception, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles for the Panthers. Heading into his third year as a starter, Hines says he's looking for bigger and better things as a senior and he hopes to add some time on offense to his duties as well.
Hines has been busy in the spring and heading into the summer as he'll be splitting time between football and baseball. A few years ago the Alabama High School Athletic Association instituted a change for baseball programs that allow them to play as many as eight summer practice games. Hines says because of that he'll be playing some baseball in addition to working out and attending camps at Auburn for football and a team baseball camp at Mississippi State.