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
"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
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
"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
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."
Hines Talks Wolfpack
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