WR Goes Indepth

At 5-foot-10 and 163 pounds, Ecorse, Mich. standout wide receiver Mario Hines has watched his team struggle to a 1-3 start this season.

"Our senior quarterback hurt his knee playing pickup basketball so we're now playing with a freshman," Hines said. "He's a 6-4, 210 kid but he's young."

Hines has done his part, catching 10 balls for 303 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a punt for a touchdown earlier this season.

Hines, a full academic qualifier that also participates in track, said he's been happy with his play so far this season.

"Our team can get better and we will," he said. "I think I've been playing well. My dad made a highlight tape because a lot of the (college) coaches wanted to see my first few games before offering. I think when they get it, I'll start getting some offers by the end of this week."

Speaking of offers, Hines currently has four of them -- Bowling Green, Toledo, West Virginia, and Purdue. Several other major programs, however, have also been in contact via the phone this month.

"I've been talking to coaches from Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, and Kansas State," he said. "The one that's coming on strong lately is Tennessee. The coach was adamant about getting the film. I'm probably going to call him tomorrow to see what he thought about it since they're only allowed to call once a week. And of course I'm still hearing from Coach (Curtis) Johnson at Miami."

Speaking of the Hurricanes, Hines remains very high on Miami and talked more about the current situation.

"They don't really need to see film because they saw me at camp and Coach Johnson liked me," he said. "I talked to him last week and this week. He was telling me about the current situation at receiver for them."

The talented receiver discussed that situation.

"He told me to hang on while they get their offer situation straightened out," he said. "He told me not to commit anywhere yet because he's gonna see what he can do. Coach (Larry) Coker wants a 6-2 commitment (from a receiver that size). They haven't offered anyone under 6-foot yet because they're waiting on some of the bigger guys."

Hines said he's under the impression that UM plans to sign two big receivers and one small one.

"The reason they want those guys first is because they lose more of their 6-2 guys (Kevin Beard and Jason Geathers) to graduation before the smaller guys. They need those guys more I guess. Since they've offered some of those guys already, I think they're waiting to see what happens with them first."

Hines said he's just excited that the Hurricanes are still recruiting him.

"I had a great time at the camp and I proved to them I could play," he said. "Like I said, Miami's my No. 1 choice but I really think I'm going to pick up some big offers, starting later this week. If everything works out, Miami would be a great place to go but I'm going to sit back and see who offers and then let the whole process play itself out."

Hines has not yet scheduled any official visits, but he does have an unofficial visit planned to Pittsburgh for their game against Notre Dame in October 11.

"I'm trying to get to see games at Miami, Tennessee, Kansas State, and Oklahoma as well but I'll have to see what works with my schedule," he said.

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