VAUGHT: Coach--Hines will help Kentucky

One of the first offensive linemen in the 2007 recruiting class that Kentucky offered a scholarship to was Bowling Green's Stuart Hines. That offer came in his junior year and somewhat surprised the talented Hines.

He wasn't overwhelmed by the recruiting process. He didn't rush to make a decision, or rule out any team that was interested in him before finally deciding that Kentucky was the right place for him.

If his high school coach, Kevin Wallace, is right, Kentucky is going to be thrilled to have him the next four, or maybe five, years.

"I think Stuart has a great upside because his frame can add weight and strength," said Wallace. "Stuart is quick, has good feet and is very flexible for his size. I think those attributes will serve him well as he prepares to play against the best athletes in the country."

Wallace thinks Hines, like any player going to a Division I program, will need time to adjust to facing Southeastern Conference competition.

"Stuart is a great competitor and has been a great high school player. Stuart is attentive to detail and does a good job keeping leverage while blocking. However, blocking personnel from LSU and Florida will be a bit more difficult than blocking folks in Class AAA. I think any lineman would suffer growing pains while adapting to the SEC," Wallace said.

But Wallace has no doubts that Hines will adjust and will become a solid contributor for the Wildcats.

"Stuart will adapt well socially, academically and athletically at Kentucky. He has developed an outstanding work ethic and has always exhibited an unselfish manner in his approach to leading a football team," Wallace said. "If he is blessed with good health, I think Stuart will develop into an outstanding contributor to the football program at Kentucky."


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