VAUGHT: Hines fits at Kentucky

When Kentucky offered Bowling Green offensive lineman Stuart Hines a scholarship after the first game of his junior season, he wasn't sure what to do. "I kind of waited and got a lot of other offers. Kentucky went from the front of my mind to the back of my mind to the front of my mind again," said Hines. "All these schools are going through your head. You don't know what to do.

"At first, everywhere looks good. Everything is sugar-coated. You just have to find what is right for you and where you need to be. I finally realized Kentucky is where I need to be and that it is a place I fit in well. I will eventually get my chance to play and represent my state, which means a lot to me."

Hines, who will play defense against Tennessee on Friday in the all-star game because that is where he is needed, admits he probably did too much thinking at times during his recruitment before committing to UK.

"This is a decision that affects the rest of your life. You just want to make the right decision. You have all these places that look good. You want to make sure you look at all your options and not make a mistake," Hines said.

He has not had a chance to talk to many returning UK players yet, but he likes what he has heard about the strenuous summer workouts that he will start next week with them.

"It sounds bad, but in the long run it is great for you. Football is a game that will make you feel the worst you have ever felt, but then again it will make you feel better than you have ever felt. It is part of it. If you want the good stuff, you have to deal with the soreness and hurting," Hines said.

Hines welcomes the pressure he knows will be on him because he was one of Kentucky's top-ranked prep players last year.

"I think it is a lot of pressure really, but it is not the type of pressure that will hurt you. It is the kind of pressure that will push you to become better because you want to live up to the expectations and do well and help your team. It is good pressure when it pushes you to do well," he said.

And he already has the Big Blue feeling about Tennessee.

"Any time you can beat Tennessee it would be special. Up here, we don't like those guys in the orange," Hines said.

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