Scout Ranking: ****
Scout Rank: No. 18 Running Back
Size: 5-9 190 Pounds
Hometown: Garner (NC)
School: Garner High School
Projected Position At NC State: Athlete
Accolades: Selected to Semper-Fi all-american game, all-state, The News & Observer all-metro team
Commit Date: December 19, 2014
Recruiting Scene: Hines was a priority for NC State over the last 24 months and their perseverance paid off. That’s not to say that there weren’t bumps along the way.
At times Ohio State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Florida and UNC all held spots near the front of his recruiting list although in the end, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech probably were the Pack’s main competition.
Hines had mentioned several times his desire to play with Emanuel McGirt on the next level and that came to fruition with McGirt playing a huge role in swaying Hines to the Wolfpack.
Why NC State? “I just visited a lot of places and woke up and knew where I wanted to go to college. I'm really happy about it. I grew up cheering for NC State and that helped out a lot... growing up a State fan. I really like the coaches. Coach Doeren and I have become real close, and I really like coach Kitchings. I guess in this process it's about who you can't tell no, not who you can say yes to.”
Picked NC State Over: Georgia, Florida, UNC, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Wake Forest and many others.
Scouting Report: "Hines is a playmaker. He is on the smaller side, but he plays big, and he makes big plays. He has a great burst and gets to top-end speed in a hurry. In space, he is very dangerous and tough to touch at times, much less tackle.
"Hines is a player who can be used in many ways on the next level. He can be a weapon as a running back, as a slot receiver, and as a return man on special teams. He has great speed and he is very shifty. Balance is a strength as well and although he is not a big back, he can get yards after contact."- Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons