"It was great," said Hines. "I was able to spend a lot of time talking with coach Doeren about the program, and I also got to tour the facilities again. I had a great time.
"Coach Doeren said they want guys that they think can build up the program. He said they want the best players out of this state and the best players from across the country because they are going to create something special there."
The Wolfpack are obviously placing an emphasis on in-state recruiting.
"They want to lock them up in North Carolina," said Hines. "Coach Doeren said they want to get it rolling in the state because they want to own the state. I could tell that landing the best players from North Carolina is important to him."
Hines, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, turned heads at the recent "Best of the Midwest" combine, where he took home MVP honors after posting a blazing 4.41 40-yard dash and impressed with his hands and route-running at the event.
Shortly after the combine he picked up an offer from NC State. Wolfpack tight ends coach Eddie Faulkner is handling the recruitment of Hines, but he is also receiving some help from another assistant.
"I spent most of my time with coach Faulkner and coach Jackson, the receivers coach," said Hines. "We talked a lot about the offense and the plays they want to run, and we're building a relationship.
"On offense, NC State is going to use different receiver sets and spread it out a lot with a fast-paced offense. I think that's going to be fun for a receiver... you should have a lot of catches. It's definitely exciting."
With offers on the table from NC State, Nebraska, East Carolina, UMass, Ball State, Ohio, and Charlotte, Hines is ready for his next trip. Later this month he will be traveling out to Nebraska to visit the Cornhuskers.
"That's a big one for me," he said. "I definitely like Big Ten teams, and my family is from the Midwest. The Nebraska visit will be on March 30th."
Hines had 45 receptions for 795 yards during his junior season for Charlotte (NC) Christian, where he also lined up at tailback, returned kicks, and played quarterback in their "Wildcat" formation.
"I'm going to play a lot more receiver this year because of our depth," he said. "I'm pretty sure I'll be at receiver and still return kicks, but probably less running back. I think I'll still play quarterback in the Wildcat too."
While Hines stated that he doesn't have a leader, he did say that the plan is to make an early decision. He is contemplating enrolling in college in January, and he added that he wants to help the school he commits to land some other players.
"I'm obviously going to be an early commitment," he said. "That's why I'm taking my visits now, so I can decide.
"I think it's nice because I can get to know all of the other recruits, and I can also continue to develop a relationship with the coaches. Plus, I think it will give me a head start on the offensive system if I already know where I'm going."