Garner High School is still a place you will see NC State’s coaches from time to time even though Nyheim Hines is no longer walking the halls. The school is home to 2017 defensive tackle Matthew Butler (6-4, 250) who is not only friends with Hines but is a big part of the Pack’s local recruiting.
NC State gave Butler his first offer on June 20. That was the same day that Butler had camped at State. When Butler went into that camp the coaches were already determined to watch him. There might have been a crowd but he was going to get a close look
Because Butler attends Garner the coaches were aware of what he could do. They saw him in the course of their relationship with Hines when he was a recruit. What Butler did at the camp only proved to the coaches that he was the player they thought and hoped he was.
“I had sent some tape in and they gave me a camp brochure. They said they would love to see me down there so I made my reservation and went. I showed out. Coach Doeren called me over and after a few reps against a pretty good offensive lineman he said he wanted to offer me a scholarship in person.”
That trip went a long way with Butler and his family. He was there with his mother, father and defensive line coach at Garner. Doeren explained how the NC State coaches handle recruiting and talked about why they liked Butler. Butler thinks he will be a defensive end in college.
He had visited NC State one time before the camp. On that visit the coaches had walked around with him and talked to him about the weight room and the stadium.
“Whenever the next time I go is when I get the academic tour. I know I’ll be back there. They were the first to offer me so I have to respect that. I’m already aware it’s a good program. No matter how many offers I get the Wolfpack is always going to be at the top because they offered first and because it’s a good program and I have a good relationship with everybody. I respect them a lot because they came in so early.”
It does not hurt that Hines is going to be playing for the Wolfpack this year. Butler could make easy trips from his home to Carter-Finley and there is even more incentive beyond the offer to do that with Hines possibly stepping into a prime role from the start.
“I had to play offensive tackle last year and tight end too. So I blocked for Nyheim and we developed a pretty good relationship. We’ve talked a lot. I met his dad because I did track too. He ran track and his dad is one of the track coaches so I’ve heard a lot of feedback about NC State and a few other schools Nyheim had a chance to visit.”
Hines said he thinks more offers are on the way. Virginia Tech could be the next closest school to offering and after the Hokies he said Clemson is talking to him the most. Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech seem like they are interested too.