2017 LB Anthony Hines, III, Commits to MSU

Episcopal School of Dallas (TX) 2017 linebacker Anthony Hines, III, committed to Mississippi State Saturday afternoon.

  • Name: Anthony Hines, III
  • Classification: 2017
  • High School: Episcopal School Of Dallas (TX)
  • Position: Linebacker
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-2, 190
  • Scout.com Ranking: NR
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

  • "I committed around 5 pm," said Hines. "I talked to Coach (Geoff) Collins. He was very excited. He told me 'welcome to the Dawg family.' He was surprised by it."

    Prior to committing to Mississippi State, Hines had given it a lot of thought,

    "It wasn't very hard to make my decision," said Hines, who played on the USA Youth-16 National Team when he was just 13-years-old. "I had been thinking about it pretty much since I got offered (in the summer). I really loved it up here. And it seemed like the right place for me right now."

    He explained the things he loved about Mississippi State.

    "I love the environment, the city of Starkville is great, the campus is beautiful, the stadium is fantastic," said Hines. "And I have built a very strong relationship with the coaches."

    He really likes his recruiting coach from Mississippi State.

    "Coach (Deshea) Townsend recruits me," said Hines. "He's a very cool guy, a great coach, a very nice man."

    He explained how he feels now that his recruitment is out of the way.

    "I'm excited and relieved because I don't have to focus on my recruiting, I can focus on the season and getting better as a football player and as a student," said Hines.

    He talked about his experience while in the stands watching the Mississippi State-Bowling Green football game as a Mississippi State commitment.

    "It actually felt like I had an even stronger connection, you weren't just a recruit sitting in the stands," said Hines, who is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and runs the forty in 4.65 seconds. "You actually knew you would be part of that team eventually. It was a very different feeling."

    After the game he had a chance to meet some of the Mississippi State football players in the post-game locker room. They were excited to meet the newest Bulldog.

    "They welcomed me with open arms, they were pretty much saying welcome to the Bulldog family," said Hines. "Coaches and players welcomed me with open arms."

    Hines currently has three scholarship offers with more likely to come in the near future.

    "I also have offers from Akron and Montana," said Hines. "LSU, TCU, SMU, Iowa and Baylor are also showing strong interest in me."

    And even if more offers come, Hines feels Mississippi State will still be the right place for him.

    "I still believe I will want to be a Bulldog," he said.

    And he also knows being an SEC commitment puts a target on his back when he's playing other high school football teams.

    "I already have a target on my back," said Hines, who is a starter on his high school team. "A few players from other teams have already called me the SEC freshman."

    Keep it on Scout.com and GenesPage as we continue to follow the newest Mississippi State commitment.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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