Hines Brings Diversity to Terps' ST Unit

Catonsville High senior Nathan Hines accepted a preferred walk-on position at Maryland as a long snapper.

He grew up in England. He sports a 3.5 GPA and a 1,700 combined SAT score with hopes of studying biology and maybe going pre-med. He enjoys art in his spare time as well.

You always like diversity in a program, and the Terps new preferred walk-on long snapper, Nathan Hines of Catonsville High School, has a good bit of that.

Hines is another addition to the Terps' incoming 2014 football recruit class, and at a 'need' position as they re-tool a few special teams spots.

Three weeks ago, after a campus visit to College Park, Hines chose the Terps over interest from Penn, Towson, Marshall and James Madison, among others.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Hines, who said he consulted with Terps freshman DeAndre Lane (another Catonsville product), didn't need long to choose UMD after visiting with his father last month.

Hines played a little defensive line last fall, as well as backup center on the Catonsville basketball team, but is coming exclusively as a long snapper, his specialty the last three years after starting his sophomore year.

"My freshman year I got bopped around a lot," he said. "I did some long snapping, some defensive end, defensive line, some tight end. But my sophomore year I got bumped up to varsity just to long snap. From there they told me if I continue with this that you have potential. So that's why I started going to camps and stuff like that and really focused on it from my sophomore year on."

Hines visited Penn in addition to Maryland. He camped at a handful of Kohl's Kicking Camps over the last few years where he further honed his craft.

"I think I have good quality speed on my snaps, and my consistency is pretty good. Those are my two best things."

Hines said his recruiter, special teams assistant Andre Powell, said Maryland needs numbers at the position.

"To breed competition and make everyone better. So he said you can come in as a preferred walk-on and if I worked hard, and were to get the job, then I could possibly get a scholarship down the road."

Hines said Lane was a big help, with mainly questions about how's managing both academics and sports at college.

"He said it's difficult for the first month, but once you get used to it you will be all set," Hines said.

Hines said he has followed the Terps over the years -- more so Terps hoops than football until of late -- and it being the state school jumps out as well.

He's been back in the States for his entire high school career, and will enroll at UMD this summer.

Hines said he enjoys watching Baltimore Ravens games, especially tracking long snapper Morgan Cox.

"Once you get good and get recognized, you can have a stable job [in this craft]," Hines said. "It's pretty cool to watch them."

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