"It's fun," said Hines. "Competing with and against the top players in North Carolina, that's exciting."
During the practice he spent time at tailback and working out with the wide receivers. That is the role he feels that he will play if he makes the squad.
"I don't know how much we can put in because we have a week," said Hines. "But, the running backs coach told me that he wants me to do some slot stuff too."
The practice featured several of the state's top prospects. Who stood out to Hines?
"Mike Hughes impressed me," he said. "I already knew him, I knew he was a DB. He's tough, strong, physical, and fast. I liked that."
Track and football hasn't prevented Hines from hitting the road for college visits. He's checked out all of the local schools and has also made his way to West Virginia and Ohio State.
"My head is spinning," said Hines. "I loved Ohio State it was great, and I liked West Virginia too. Every place is nice... that's what makes this so tough."
One of the schools that Hines has visited the most is NC State. He's taken multiple trips this spring and remains highly interested in the school he grew up rooting for.
"I like State a lot," said Hines. "I was actually supposed to go there this week for another visit,but coach Doeren went out of the country, I think for an anniversary. I hope he's having a good time. Whenever he's there I'll get back over and watch some more film.
"He always tells me there to stay in-state and run with the Pack."
A local product, Hines is very familiar with NC State's program. Because of his track background, he has a well-known Wolfpacker also talking up the school: Danny Peebles.
Peebles, who will be in the third class of the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame, starred on the track and the gridiron from 1984-88. A second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Peebles was a nine-time All-American and nine-time ACC Champion in track.
"I've been running with him for seven years now," Hines said of Peebles. "I'm on his track team. He's telling me there's nothing like it... to be a star, hero in your own hometown."
Hines maintains that he is wide open and will take his official visits in the fall before making a decision.
"I plan on taking all five of my official visits," he said. "I know I want to get out to Utah and see what it's like out there. They've taken the time to recruit me, and I like the people out there that I've talked to.
"I don't have any dates set up, but I know I'll be visiting a lot more schools."
What will Hines be looking for when the time comes to make a decision?
"The people I deal with and obviously the system. I'm not going somewhere that I'll just run the ball or just play receiver."