Hines: "I Like State"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Garner (NC) tailback Nyheim Hines gives Pack Pride the latest on his recruitment and shares his thoughts on NC State.

Garner took the field this past Saturday for its final warm up in preparation for the season opener this Friday against Middle Creek. The Trojans took on Sanderson and while they struggled at times offensively, all-everything tailback Nyheim Hines continued to show why he's one of the hottest prospects in the nation right now.

Lined up in a variety of positions, Hines made plays whether in the backfield, lined up in the slot or split out wide. He's particularly dangerous on the jet sweep which allows him to use his quickness and explosion out in space. Hines is also surprisingly strong between the tackles and displayed good hands on passing routes although his touches were limited.

While football players have enjoyed an unusually cool summer, that wasn't the case on Saturday as several players struggled with the heat and humidity more characteristic of a North Carolina summer. Hines told Pack Pride that the heat was an issue but it can't affect his team headed into the season opener.

"Yes, (the heat was a problem) somewhat. I ran in Texas so it wasn't that bad but you know the pads change it a little bit. But we came out here and worked and Middle Creek will be playing in the same heat probably next week."

Garner defeated Sanderson 7-0 in the 48 minute scrimmage and with Hines in the lineup, were dangerous offensively. Hines said the Trojans still have a ways to go.

"We're getting better. We're not perfect but we always work to get better and by the playoffs we should be clicking on all cylinders."

As mentioned previously, Garner uses Hines in a variety of ways and that would appear to be a prelude to what the senior back hopes to accomplish in college.

"I would like to do both wide receiver and running back. I don't want to do just one. They want to give me the ball out in space and I really like running the ball out in space."

On the recruiting side, there's no doubt that Hines is one of the prospects at the very top of NC State's wish list. Hines has mentioned previously that he grew up a State fan but he's had to balance that against the dozens of scholarship offers that have come his way. Despite a boatload of attention from others, he says State is a team he's serious about and believes Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren will have State pointed in the right direction in the near future.

"I like State. They're definitely coming up. Coach Doeren's going to turn the program around. He did it at four or five other places so I believe he will at State, too. I think by my junior year in college they're going to be a top ranked team."

Hines recently made a swing down south, stopping off at SEC powers Florida and Georgia. He talked about those visits.

"Those are great schools in the SEC. I have a friend (Keith Marshall) that went to Georgia so it was great to talk to him. But they're both really good schools and you know how all D-1 universities are. They're all great. Some might be better than others. Someone's going to have a big gym one year and then someone's going to build one bigger. They're all nice facilities and great places."

One item floated around recently has been talk of a package deal between Hines and Hillside OL Emanuel McGirt. Those plans rarely work out but this appears to be one of those times where it just might. So which schools do the two players have in common?

"I'm not really sure. We like State, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State. So we'll see. There's a lot of other schools we've talked about so we'll just talk about different places and hopefully we'll be able to play together."

Hines said he hasn't formulated a top five list just yet but he should have one ready in the next couple of weeks.

"I don't have any favorites now, but I'll probably have a top five before or on Sept. 1. I still plan to commit in October, but I may not graduate early. I want to see how track works with my sister and I'll see if I can go to the same college with her.

"A lot of schools are looking at her... State, Duke, App State, Georgia, Florida, Wake Forest, so she's getting her looks and hopefully she'll have a great season and end up getting a full ride."

Hines is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 24 running back in the nation by Scout.com.

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