Hines to visit with Manning

Dallas Kimball teammates Brandon Hines and Justin Manning will visit LSU this weekend.

LSU has been hot on the trail of 2013 defensive tackle Justin Manning, a five-star prospect and the nation's No. 4-ranked defensive tackle.

The Tigers have offered Manning a scholarship and will host him this weekend on an unofficial visit, which gives teammate Brandon Hines the opportunity to see the LSU campus before official visits roll around next fall.

"My coach was asking if I wanted to come with them, so I talked to Justin and he said I should come down there with him," Hines said. "Justin said he's definitely going and that it should be a good time."

While Manning has gotten the majority of the attention when college coaches roll through the school, Hines is beginning to creep onto the recruiting scene.

"North Texas offered, then Kansas State and Baylor," Hines said. "The coaches at Texas A&M talked with my coach not too long ago, and that offer is probably next.

"I am going to get out to some summer camps, because coaches have been asking to see me. I think more offers would come then. I'm also looking forward to my senior year and going off then."

Hines plays outside linebacker at Kimball, though the 6-foot-2 and 191 pound rising senior feels that he's headed to the defensive backfield in college. "Everyone is coming after me as a safety," Hines said. "Coaches like my height and say I can get after it. I think I could put on a little more weight and be good back there."

Headed to Baton Rouge for Saturday's scrimmage, Hines said he's already certain of where he stands with the Tigers before the weekend arrives.

"LSU is my No. 1 school," he said. "I could come up with a top five and all that, but LSU is up there at the top, no doubt.

"I love the defense they run. Tyrann Mathieu is great, and players want to be like him. I even wear his hairstyle now. And I love the fans. I record the games on the DVR and the fans always stand out."

Given his family's roots, Hines' trip to Baton Rouge is a homecoming of sorts.

"My dad is from Baton Rouge, and we have got family over there," Hines said. "That's a definite plus about LSU. I like the city and people.

"This trip I just want to come over and see what it's all about. I took a trip to Baylor, North Texas and Texas A&M already. Baylor is cool, but is too close to home for me. I think I want to branch out a little bit from my mom and everyone."

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