”It was great,” said the 5-foot-9, 187-pound Hines. “I learned a lot and it was great to see both places and see how things are at each.”
Hines’ first stop was Georgia on Friday.
”I took a tour and visited with the coaches,” he said. “I also sat in the film room and saw how they would use me in their offense. I’d say my favorite part was going in the film room because Keith Marshall was in there, and me, him, Bryce Love and Marcus Marshall – grew up together – and we’re all close. It was great to see him and talk to him.
”I also like coach (Mark) Richt. He’s a family man and a real Christian man. He’s a real genuine person. I’ve always liked running back coach Bryan McClendon, too, and it was good to talk to him. I also got a chance to talk to some coaches I had talked to on Twitter, so it was great to put a face with a name.”
The Garner standout was able to speak with coach Richt one-on-one.
”He told me he’d love to have me there, but that he knows how the process works and that all the schools look good,” Hines said. “He told me at the end of the day, I have to make the decision that benefits me and family the best. We also talked about his family.”
His next stop was Florida.
”It was the kind of the same thing as Georgia, Hines said. “I hadn’t been before, so they took me on a tour of the campus and I met with the academic counselors. We also watched film and I actually got to sit in a team meeting before I left.
”I hung out with (running backs) coach (Brian) White and (defensive line) coach (Brad) Lawing the most. They said I’d have a great opportunity. They said they expected some guys to leave after the season and that there would be a position open. They also said they’ve had a lot of people from North Carolina come down there and play. I was also really impressed that coach White went to Harvard and has three degrees.”
Before leaving, Hines was able to sit down and talk with head coach Will Muschamp.
”I like coach Muschamp,” he said. “He was really cool and down to earth. He told me that they’d love to have me. He also told me that I’d have an opportunity there. He said the only thing you get in this world is an opportunity, and that you have to work hard and make the best of it. We also talked about our families. It was nice.”
When will he trim his list of schools?
”I have no idea,” Hines said. “I wanted to narrow it down before my season starts, but it’s not going to happen. Time has just been going by so fast. I plan on taking all five of my official visits and I’m just going to see how things work out.
“But the schools I like right now are Duke, Ohio State, West Virginia, Georgia, Florida, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt. I’ll probably narrow it down in the next three to four weeks.”
Hines is unsure about when he will make his college choice.
”I’m not sure when I will make my decision,” he said. “I had planned on enrolling early, but I’m going to talk to my sister and see what schools offer her in track. I plan on going to school with her, and if I don’t, it will be really disappointing. I feel like I really need her on campus with me. The main schools recruiting her are Duke, NC State, App State, Georgia, Florida and Wake Forest.”
Hines has not set up any official visits, but plans to take an unofficial to Georgia for their game against Clemson on Aug. 30.
Garner opens their season on Aug. 22 at Middle Creek at 7 p.m.