Brandon Hines from the "Big D" had an outstanding junior season on defense at Justin F. Kimball High School. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound linebacker was selected as Defensive MVP of his District in Texas 11-5A. He feels bigger and better things are in store for both himself and his team.
"I felt like the season was a big success," said Brandon Hines. "I played in five games injured and had basically no help. For the season, I had 107 tackles, up from 51 as a sophomore, and two interceptions. I'm working hard on conditioning in the off-season.
"Last year, I suffered a lot of fatigue and when I got tired I gave up. Once I increase my stamina, I'm going to go off. It's going to be legendary."
Although Hines hasn't received the recruiting hype of teammate Justin Manning, he's gradually picking up offers and, in turn, weighing his options for the next level.
"UNC, Texas A&M, TCU, and Kansas State have offered me," Hines stated. "I've been hearing from Coach Spencer at Oklahoma State. He thinks I'd fit well in their 4-2-5 defense. Texas Tech isn't sure about me at linebacker. They said if I was playing strong safety they would have already offered. I'm hoping to there more next year [at Kimball]."
Hines is hoping to get out for more for Junior Day visits during the spring. As of now he's only taken one visit to nearby Texas Christian.
"When I was at TCU's Junior Day I thought it was straight," said Hines. "Then I read about their players dealing drugs, so they went to the bottom of my list. I'm going to visit UNC on March the 3rd. I've been to Texas A&M, but not on anything official.
"The Kansas State offer came out of the blue. They've never said anything to me before. My coach called me and said it was an emergency. I thought something was wrong. He told me I had an offer. I'm planning on visiting their campus as well, hopefully soon."
Right now the team the rest are hoping to catch for Hines, and possibly Justin Manning, who he'd like to continue playing with, is the Aggies of Texas A&M.
"I love that they're playing in the biggest conference in the country, the SEC," said Hines. "I also like the location. It's still too early. I'd love to receive offers from LSU and Oregon. Those are two schools I would strongly consider. I'm going to wait [to commit] until at least after the spring when I've had a chance to make some more visits. It probably won't happen until the summer."
Hines' recruiting really picked up after coaches saw film of his junior season at Kimball. One big factor for that was an increase in speed.
"This season I was able to make a change of direction a whole lot smoother than I did as a sophomore," said Hines. "My 40-time went from a 4.8 to a 4.5. I played both outside and middle linebacker. I feel like I do a good job of chasing down the running back, clogging up holes, and dropping back into coverage."
Hines said he's continuing to work in the off-season on his speed by running track and is in the weight room between five and seven days out of the week. He's also been conditioning with first cousin, Michael Adams, an NFL cornerback with the Arizona Cardinals. Hines wears No. 10 for the Kimball Knights, who will begin spring practice May 23rd.
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