Nyheim Hines is a talented prospect who plays on both sides of the ball. His explosive sophomore season landed him four early offers, including one from ECU.
Hines had been to the Pirate Nation before. He enjoyed his time while he was there.
"I went to a 7-on-7 there (ECU) last year," the 5-foot-8 Hines said. "(Outside receivers) coach (Dave) Nichols gave me the offer and stayed in contact with me the most. After that, Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley came down and talked with me for a little. We had some things in common."
As far as knowing about the school itself (ECU), Hines has heard of the medical program.
"I heard they have the eighth medical program in the country," he said. "Aside from that, I don't really know anything else.
Running track keeps this running back at full speed, but Hines vows he'll take an official visit to ECU sometime in the future.
"I want to take a visit, but it all depends on track meets," he said. "Summer track keeps me in shape so when practice comes I won't miss a step. If anything I'll be gaining a step and getting faster."
Hines had a breakout fall and played on both offense and defense. Last season playing defensive back, 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. Lastly, on special teams, he returned four kickoffs for scores.
"It was a special season, but I want to get better and better statistically each year," Hines said. "I'm not big on stats or individual goals. I want to do what the coaches need me to do so we can win; if they put the ball in my hands I'll do my part."
Some coaches could have concerns about Hines's size, but he's comfortable with it.
"I am 5-foot-8 normally and 5-foot-10 with cleats on." he said. "I weigh 180 pounds, but by senior year I could be around 190 if I gain muscle. My size and quickness makes it tough for defenses to get a good hit on me."
Hines is multifaceted; his speed and ball skills allow him to play running back, cornerback, slot-receiver and make plays in the return game. Almost all of the schools interested in Hines want him at running back or slot-receiver.
"It depends on the system," he said. "Duke said they would have me doing both, averaging fifteen carries and seven catches a game. The system will play a role in my decision. If I'm not sure, I will go to a school where I can do both or just excel at one. I don't want to limit myself because I like the return game too."
N.C. State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke and East Carolina have extended offers to Hines. Schools like Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Navy and South Carolina are also showing interest. For right now, the Blue Devils are in the lead.
"I really like Duke," Hines said. "They're my top school right now. I really like all of the coaches there, they have showed a lot of love and I believe in what they're saying. I also like Clemson because I've been a big time fan of them since second or third grade. I haven't heard much more from Florida or Florida State aside from letters. Every school has a chance; I'm going to go where I can be most successful."
Summer 2013 is going to be filled with track meets for Hines. He plans on making it out to some schools for camps, but it all depends on when he's free. The prospect mentioned he may make it out to UNC Chapel Hill next week.
When asked what his dream offer would be, Hines had multiple schools in mind.
"Clemson, Oregon and Florida would be my dream offers," he said. "LaMichael James from Oregon has always been one of my favorite players; I've followed him since his high school days. I see myself trying to model my game after De' Anthony Thomas and Tavon Austin, they're two explosive players."
Signing day is far away for this recruit, but he has an idea in mind of how his decision will play out.
"I don't want to set anything in stone," Hines said. "I will do it when I have made up my mind and feel I can make the right choice. I'd never de-commit so I have to be sure about my decision. I also may early enroll during my senior year."
Hines would be a dangerous weapon for ECU on the offensive side of the ball. With it being so early on in his recruitment, the Pirates still have time to try and land this explosive 2015 athlete.