A couple months ago Jacob Hines watched one of his classmates at Long Beach (Cali.) City College, quarterback Jack Lowary, receive a scholarship offer from Missouri, accept it and then head to the Midwest only a fews days later.
It’s possible Hines could follow a similar path this summer.
A 6-foot-4, 310-pound freshman offensive lineman, Hines has seen his recruiting attention increase recently as schools look to add late signees who can transfer in time for the 2016 season.
“Interest from some schools,” Hines told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “Hopefully they develop into some offers. But things are up in the air.”
“They saw I got the offer from Tech and they were touching base with me and wanted to see how it was going to go with Tech depending on if I committed there or decided to stay here at LBCC,” Hines said.
Missouri, which recently received a commitment from a player in a similar situation in Kyle Mitchell, is still looking to beef up its offensive line after losing a couple of linemen since the end of last season.
“I know the Mizzou offensive line coach,” Hines said of Glen Elarbee. “He hit me back (Wednesday) and said once he’s got everything back rolling in his office at Missouri he’ll look more at me and then we can start talking more once he sees my film in depth and talks with the head coach over there.”
How attractive would Missouri be to Hines? Would that he a school that would interest him?
“It’s a power five school, especially an SEC school, that’s always something interesting,” he said. “Especially with Jack there. That was my boy out here at LBCC. It’s interesting because it’s a possible offer, a possible school I could attend, but nothing solid right now at the moment.”
Lowary, who will be entering his sophomore year at Missouri this fall, signed with the Tigers on the day after Signing Day to join the quarterback mix after the team lost three quarterbacks — Maty Mauk (dismissed), Eddie Printz (transfer) and Corbin Berkstresser (exhausted eligibility).
We asked Hines for a brief scouting report on Missouri’s new QB.
“As a person, he’s a good dude,” Hines said. “He tries to make the people and the players around him better. He’s always trying to improve his own game and looks out for the players around him and sticks up for himself and the dudes if he sees something that he doesn’t like.
“Obviously as a quarterback he performed really well over here. If I remember correctly he threw for easily over 4,000 yards or something, had a few rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Pocket passer. Can throw the ball. Can make any throw you need him to make — down the sideline, down the middle, over the linebacker and in front of a safety.”
Hines said Lowary visited Long Beach City College recently, after the end of the semester at Missouri, and the offensive lineman asked him about the recruiting process.
Now Hines, who added an offer from Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday night, will have to figure out what he wants to do. As of right now his options include staying at Long Beach City College for his sophomore season.
“I took the one official visit to Tech and nothing else lined up yet, nothing solid,” he said. “I know I took a big risk with that but I just felt like Tech wasn’t the right place for me and I wasn’t going to jump the gun on something like this that’s a really important decision.”
Hines plays left tackle for LBCC but says he likely projects as a guard at the Division I level.
What are Hines’ strengths on the field?
“I feel like I’m a technician and for the most part I try my best to pick up offenses as quickly as possible because I know an offensive lineman, besides the quarterback, needs to know quite a bit of stuff,” Hines said. “We need to know a run play against four, five, six different fronts and there could be five, 10 different run plays and then with the passing game on top of that possible blitzes and stunts the defense can run.”