Garner (NC) tailback Nyheim Hines has emerged as a national-caliber recruit and he's a major prospect for the NC State coaching staff.
In 2013 Hines was an offensive machine for the Trojans. He finished
his junior season with 3,137 yards rushing and 50 touchdowns to go
along with 613 receiving yards and eight TD receptions. He also had
two kickoff returns for scores.
That kind of production has led to scholarship offers from NC State,
Clemson, UNC, Tennessee, South Carolina and others. The Wolfpack was
able to host Hines at their junior day a couple of weekends ago but
that wasn't his first trip to NC State. He went to the Clemson game
earlier in the season and that allowed him to see what it's like in
Carter-Finley Stadium for an ACC rivalry game.
"For a Thursday night game it was really good because the fans were
real into the game. They showed they can play with anybody because
Clemson's real good. There were a couple of calls on the
interception and the guy stepping out of bounds that were the
difference. It was a good atmosphere to be in."
His recent junior day tour of the campus and facilities gave him
more of a behind the scenes look at the football program.
"A big part of the trip was seeing the campus. We saw a new movie
theater being built. We saw the dorm rooms for the athletes and
watched film on offense. They showed us their basic blocking
concepts for the running plays and some of the running plays they
"We were talking to the coaches, like Coach Doeren, Canada and
Kitchings, and looked at the weight room and how they work. It's
great to see how they work. The weight room is huge. It's great to
see how they blocked their read plays and how they get their backs
in space. I liked everything I saw about their run plays and pass
The facility upgrades are a big draw as far as Hines is concerned.
"They said it would be in January of 2015 so they would be ready
right when I get there. They said they will be really nice. I've
seen pictures of it and things about it so I can't wait to see them
actually put it down."
Hines said the coaches spoke to him about football but they also
talked to him on more of a personal level. They understand that he
continues to take other visits.
He also anticipates that he will be at a spring practice or maybe
even the spring game so he hasn't taken his last trip to the school.
"They really want to have me but I'm just looking at the offense and
the system. I liked everything I saw there. Everything I didn't know
about State, it helped fill in some blanks for me so I'm liking
State even more."
Clemson, South Carolina and Duke are other visits Hines expects to
make in the spring. He is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 39
RB in the nation by Scout.com.
Hines Talks Junior Day Visit to NC State
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