‘It's like a dream come true'

A day after Clemson beat N.C. State, offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell informed this 2015 prospect from the Raleigh area that he had an offer.

RB/WR Nyheim Hines Profile

It wasn't long before the Clemson offer that Caldwell and wide receivers coach Jeff Scott watched film on Nyheim Hines [Garner, N.C.].

"He just said [Scott] was real fired up about it. They really liked it. He told me [Scott] would make it official, but they're offering me," Hines recently told CUTigers.

The Clemson offer was one that he'd hoped to receive.

"It's a blessing. I'm counting my blessings daily," Hines said. "I'm really excited about it, because I've been a Clemson fan since I was about 6 or 7. That's when [C.J.] Spiller came through there, so ever since about second or third grade, I've loved Clemson and I've always wanted an offer from them since.

"It's like a dream come true, but I can't stop working now. It's a really great dream come true for me."

So does that mean Clemson is on top?

"You could kind of say that, but that isn't necessarily true, just because I liked the school for a while. It doesn't mean I'll go there. I'm going wherever I feel most comfortable and wherever I believe I can be most successful, so you can't really say that because I liked them."

Hines visited Tigertown for the Georgia game. He was in town with 2015 running back Bryce Love and 2016 defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.

"I just liked what I saw there. The atmosphere is probably one of the best in college football," Hines said. "I had a headache the whole second half. I couldn't even hear myself think. That's how loud it was. I just know it's a great atmosphere to play in.

"I liked what I saw from the recruiting area, the locker room and everything. I like what I saw from there as well."

Hines spoke with Caldwell and met running backs coach Tony Elliott during the visit.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior from Garner High School wouldn't mind playing both running back and wide receiver at the next level.

"I'll pretty much go wherever a college puts me. I just don't have a preference right now. I feel like I could do both," Hines said. "I would try to put myself in a position or a system where I could do both since, right now, because I don't really have an idea."

So far this season, Hines has rushed for 1,111 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also has 247 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

As a sophomore, Hines finished with 52 tackles and two interceptions. On offense, he had 95 carries for 750 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns. On special teams, he returned four kickoffs for scores.

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