That so many high major programs are in the mix with the four star prospect shouldn't comes as much of a surprise after a junior season in which he finished with 3,140 yards rushing and 600 yards receiving with a combined 58 touchdowns. Duke was among the schools who took notice of Hines season, and now the Blue Devils' are making a somewhat unique pitch to the nation's No. 167 overall player in the class of 2015.
"I talk to Coach Montgomery, Coach Boyette, and Coach Farris," said Hines. "They tell me to be different."
So what does that mea to him?
"Honestly, they are coming off a 10-4 season, and I think it's intriguing to have chance to help them reach their potential. Before last year, I hadn't ever seen a Duke game, and I don't remember them ever being over .500…people talk about teams that move on and off the top of the mountain, but for a while Duke wasn't even on the mountain. They have the potential though, and they need guys who want to be different."
Sticking with the theme of being different, Hines will spend most of the offseason and summer running track and working in football visits in down time.
"This past weekend I won my regional meet, and I'm working on getting to states. This past weekend I ran a 10.54 in the 100 meter and 21.5 in the 200. I'm hoping to run track in college as well depending on how football goes next season, it'll really just depend on that."
With that kind of schedule, it goes without saying that Hines' game begins and turns on speed. He's bering projected to play either in the slot or as a running back at the next level, and he's well aware of what he needs to work on to be able to make an impact early.
"I need to continue getting stronger and faster, and to really focus on the little things you need to do to be successful. I need to make sure I'm working on ball security and route running as well."
Circling back around to Duke's recruiting pitch, the Blue Devils have the player comparison and the role defined for the in-state prospect.
"They are talking about me coming in and playing in the slot. They've showed me film of how they run the zone offense and by the time I got there Crowder would be gone, so there would be an opening."