"Aw man, it's not what some people made it seem like," Hines said. "Las Cruces may sound small but there's more to do than many think, and the people are cool.
"We viewed the campus and saw Aggie Mountain, which is all lit up during games. We ate a lot, like five times a day, and I got to chill with my bro Austin Franklin."
Franklin earned All-American honors this year at wide receiver for the Aggies.
"He's from the same school (Kimball) I'm from," Hines said. "He told me he fell in love with New Mexico State, and said I'm going to like it.
"All the coaches, including the head coach, said to stay in the books, keep my grades up, keep getting bigger and that I'll be playing as a true freshman."
Hines is already cementing relationships with his future teammates.
"We picked up four commitments over the weekend," he said. "We got some monsters. I've already watched their highlight films.
"It seemed like we all knew each other before we had met. There was no controversy. There's a lot of loyalty and trust at New Mexico State, and I know I can lean on the coaches in time of need."
Hines is ranked 70th in the country among senior outside linebackers.