Hines Talks Wolfpack

Garner (NC) four-star tailback Nyheim Hines talks about his interest in NC State.

Garner (NC) standout and four-star tailback Nyheim Hines rushed for better than 3,000 yards in 2013 while tallying an eye-popping 50 touchdowns on the ground. That has helped establish him as one of the nation's elite and most highly recruited running backs.

This past weekend Hines was on hand for the Nike Combine held at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte and he continued to demonstrate why he's at the top of the wishlist of numerous college programs. Hines told Pack Pride that he felt he did well considering he hasn't spent a lot of time focusing on football since the end of last season.

"I think I did pretty well," said Hines. "I haven't done much football stuff recently but I came out and competed well. I'm doing track and trying to get faster. I'm in the 100, the 300-meter hurdles and 4X100 relay. My fastest laser-timed 100-meter dash was 10.59-seconds."

While focusing on track, Hines has also had a chance to spend quite a bit of time on recruiting and brought Pack Pride up to date with the latest.

"My latest offers were from Vanderbilt, Georgia and Florida. Those were the most recent ones.

"I'm going to try to get back to State. I was supposed to go last weekend but I had a test to take. I'm just trying to look at all my options and check out the ones that are close to me like State, Duke and Carolina and then go to places that are farther like Ohio State, Clemson and Florida."

NC State has been involved with Hines as long as anyone and it's clear the Wolfpack staff has made a huge impact. It doesn't hurt that the rising senior also grew up a fan of NC State.

"You can see the coaches at State are genuine and they really care about their players," said Hines. "You can root for Doeren because he's going to turn that program around. He did it at three other places so I feel like he can do it. I like coach Kitchings and coach White. My linebacker coach from high school played with coach White so I just feel like they're a family.

"I grew up a State fan so whenever State and Carolina or State and Duke played, I always rooted for State. I always felt like Duke and Carolina always got good calls at home for basketball at least. It's really hard because I've been a Clemson fan too with C.J. Spiller so it's been hard to put it apart because I've been a fan but it might not be the best place for you. So you may not like a particular school but if it's the best school for you then you should go there."

So is anyone else in the Hines family a Wolfpack fan?

"Actually both of my parents like State but my sister is the only person that doesn't like State. My grandparents like State too. I think it's a State thing. My sister's just out there."

Hines sister is being recruited for track and he's mentioned on several occasions that he'd like to go to college with her. He reiterated that  Saturday with just one exception.

"East Carolina, UNC, Duke, NC State, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Ohio State are also recruiting my sister for track. They can start offering people for track starting July 1 I think. I would like to go to school with her but if she wants to do something in medical and I'm not going to do anything in medical then we might have to go to different schools. But so far I want to go to school with her."

Hines said he's wide open right now and potential decision still appears to be a ways off.

"I'm graduating early. I'll probably commit in October. That's what it's looking like right now."

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