WR Loves Camp Experience

At 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, Ecorse, Mich. standout wide receiver Mario Hines has been following the University of Miami's football team for quite some time now.

"I've always been impressed with how well they can produce wide receivers," Hines said. "They've had a lot of success in recent years with smaller receivers like Santana Moss and now Roscoe Parrish."

Hines, who finished eighth in the state in the 200m event during track season as a junior with a time of 22.6, received several recruiting calls in May, including one from Miami.

"I talked to Coach CJ and sent him my tape," he said. "He asked if I could come to the camp so they could evaluate me in person. I went and had a great time."

The standout receiver, who ran a 4.40 at UM's camp, talked more about the two-day experience (he had to leave a day early because of his flight schedule).

"It went really well," he said. "I had a chance to show them what I had and compete with some of the best wide receivers in the country. That's a great place."

Hines talked about each of the other three major wide receiver prospects that were at the camp.

"I met Cameron Colvin, Early Doucet, and Lavelle Hawkins," he said. "C.J. put us all in the same group of receivers so we got to hang out and talk. I thought Cameron was probably the best one. Early was really good too and he ended up winning MVP so he must have really did well on the third day. Hawkins is like me, he's smaller and really fast."

Hines had a chance to talk to Doucet and Colvin about the recruiting process as well.

"Early, I think it's going to be tough to get him away from LSU but Colvin, I don't know," he said. "He seemed really interested but we'll have to see."

So what about the interest Hines has in the Hurricanes?

"Miami's my strong leader right now," he said. "Ohio State and Michigan State are also in my top three and after that I'm wide open."

The standout receiver had a chance to meet with the coaches before he left.

"They gave me a conditional offer," he said. "That means they're considering me pretty strong. They want to bring in two big receivers and one smaller one. They like Early, Cameron, and Xavier Carter from Florida as the big guys and they were deciding between me and Lavelle for the smaller one. I'm just going to keep working hard and hopefully everything will work out for the best."

Hines is a full academic qualifier after scoring a 20 on the ACT. He currently has offers from Purdue, West Virginia, Bowling Green, and Toledo.

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