Hines Keeping in Contact

GARNER, N.C. --- North Carolina is among the schools to which Nyheim Hines is keeping in regular contact.

"I talked to Coach [Larry] Fedora, Coach [Ron] West, and Coach [Randy] Jordan for about 20 minutes on Tuesday," said Hines, a 2015 prospect. "I keep in touch with them pretty much every week.

"Fedora is pretty cool – I like his intensity. I love Coach Jordan; he's a really great coach to me.

"We talk about offensive sets, what I can do there, and just ways they can get the ball in my hands. They talk about Bryce [Love] and I going there and being a team."

Although they live in near opposite ends of Wake County, Hines, a 5-foot-8, 181-pound athlete from Garner High, is close friends with Love, a 5-foot-10, 177-pound running back from Wake Forest High. Hines says they aren't a package deal, but he views playing with Love in college as a positive.

"Honestly, I'm fine with [going to the same college]," Hines said. "Everybody talks about Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall [at Georgia], but a lot of people don't know that [Love and I] are really good friends from track. I'm fine with the added pressure taken off of me, so I'd love it."

Hines plans to attend a UNC football game before November, though he doesn't have any definite plans.

UNC isn't the only staff that Hines regularly hears from in some form.

"I've been getting letters from South Carolina," Hines said. "I'm talking to USC [and] Notre Dame. I've been talking to Florida State a lot [and] all the schools that have offered me. Louisville [and] Alabama send me letters."

During college football's opening weekend, Hines was in Clemson for its nationally televised bout with Georgia.

"Wow," Hines said. "I had a headache the whole second half. When Sammy Watkins scored, they exploded.

"It's a great place. I've been in contact with [Robbie] Caldwell. I get letters from him and I'll probably call him sometime in the next couple of days."

Hines will see Clemson play in person again on Thursday night, but this time it will be in Raleigh against NC State. He plans to regularly attend college games this season, but beyond Thursday's ACC bout he's unsure of his exact travel schedule.

"Hopefully, I'll visit all the schools that have offered me and I plan on getting to a South Carolina game and a Florida State game," Hines said. "I just have to figure out if I can do the the timing and gas."

With so many visits forthcoming, Hines isn't ready to name a list of favorite schools.

"Everybody is in the race," Hines said. "I'm just taking everything in and focusing on [Garner] football first. I haven't even opened half the [recruiting] letters. I'm focusing on [Garner] football and school. And on the weekends, I'll focus on college football when I can."

With a 3-1 record after a 42-28 victory over Cary (N.C.) on Friday night, Hines is a major reason for Garner's success. In Friday night's win, he rushed for four touchdowns and 252 yards on 17 carries. He also had a 40-yard punt return touchdown called back on a penalty and a nine-yard reception.

"My performance was good enough to get the win," Hines said. "I've got to thank the big men up front – I couldn't do it without them."

Garner's offensive line definitely created lanes for Hines. But with eight rushes that went for double-digit gains, Hines had to make defenders miss down the field on Friday night.

"I'm running on instinct," Hines said. "It's God-given ability. I don't know what I'm doing honestly. I just have to thank God for blessing me."

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