"I had a great visit," said Hines. "The weather was bad, we stood out there in the rain, but I saw everything I needed to see. I was able to see a lot more of the offense, and I know exactly what they are trying to do... what the reads are.
"I was able to watch State go through 7-on-7s and drills, and then I sat in on the running backs meeting with coach Kitchings. He showed me how they try to get the ball to their guys in place... how I would fit in there."
Hines also spent time talking with Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren.
"Coach Doeren, we talked about how I can come over there as much as possible," said Hines. "He said they believe I can be an impact player when I got there.
"We talked about a lot of things. He told me that he hates losing and he's turning the program around. We talked about our families too... things like that."
Hines is arguably the top prospect to come out of Garner since tailback Anthony Barbour in the late 1980s. Barbour, who posted prolific numbers like Hines, inked with NC State over Florida State and went on to have a stellar career for the Wolfpack.
"I know all about Anthony Barbour," said Hines. "I actually just talked to him recently. A lot of people don't compare us as running backs, they just say we are both great running backs.
"I've watched the 1987 game, the state title game. Anthony Barbour was a great running back."
Hines finished his junior season with 3,137 yards rushing and 50 touchdowns to go along with 613 receiving yards and eight touchdown receptions. He also had two kickoff returns for scores.
That type of production has led to scholarship offers from programs like NC State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson, and South Carolina among others.
This weekend he won't be attending any spring games, as he has a track meet.
"The only thing I have planned for now is I think I'm going to Clemson on either the 18th or the 26th," said Hines.
An early enrollee, Hines says he will be making a decision later this year and maintains that he doesn't have a leader.
"Everything is wide open," he said. "I'll probably commit in October. If I know where I want to go it could be in September, but more than likely it won't be until October."
A big factor in his decision could be where his twin sister, a track standout, ends up attending college.
"Well, she can't get offered scholarships until July 1st," said Hines. "But a bunch of schools like ECU, Duke, [NC] State, Clemson, and Florida are recruiting her very hard for track."