2016 Duo To Make Weekend Visit
Fike High School (Wilson, N.C) will be well represented at East Carolina this weekend as the school’s 2016 quarterback-running back tandem of D.J. Daniels and A.J. Hines is scheduled to visit. Hines, a self-described all-purpose back that stands at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, amassed 1,376 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, while averaging 8.6 yards per carry, as a junior last season. “I’m a balanced back with speed and power,” said Hines of his playing style. “I love to have the ball in my hands in all situations.” Although he has yet to receive an official offer from schools, Hines has been in contact with teams and ECU is spearheading the effort. “They send me letters every week. I talked to [Ruffin McNeill] last week,” Hines said. “I like [the program] and they have a good weight room. I’m just really going and seeing what they do and how their program runs.” Despite admitting he grew up a fan of in-state rival North Carolina, Hines has connections to ECU — dating back to middle school, where he remembers his parents taking him to games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Hines won’t be the only eastern N.C. prospect to visit this weekend. His quarterback, Daniels, will be tagging along as well. Daniels, a 6-foot-2, 195 pound, dual-threat quarterback is making a visit to ECU for the third time this weekend. He was in attendance for the Pirates’ 34-6 victory over Tulane on Nov. 22 and camped at ECU last summer. Daniels helped propel his team to a 12-2 record last season while leading the 3A Big East conference in passing with 1,321 yards. The junior also tallied 17 passing touchdowns with 706 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground. The quarterback’s skill set might be what McNeill is looking for after handing the keys to the offense over to recently promoted coordinator Dave Nichol. While it is expected that the Pirates will maintain their up-tempo attack, having a quarterback who can keep up with the pace is important. “I like the way [ECU] throws the ball a lot,” Daniels told Scout back in November. “We run the same offense at Fike with the same system. We throw it a lot and run play action reads so I’m used to both.” So far, Daniels has only one offer from Boston College, but as coaches begin to shift their focus to the 2016 class, that could change.
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