Hines discusses Irish offer

Four-star running back Nyheim Hines of Garner (N.C.) High talks about where the Irish project him on the field and why he values a Notre Dame offer.

Notre Dame has made its presence known on the recruiting trail in the Carolina's in recent weeks, offering a number of talented prospects in the 2015 class.

One of those prospects was four-star running back Nyheim Hines of Garner (N.C.) High.

"I was happy when I finally got that offer," Hines. "I had been in touch with Coach (Tony) Alford and Coach (Mike) Denbrock on the phone leading up to it for a while. Coach Denbrock came by my school recently, and I called him that night and he said Notre Dame was offering."

The 5-foot-9, 187-pound running back said Notre Dame is recruiting him as both wide receiver and running back.

"They said they want to get the ball in my hands and get me really involved in the return game," Hines said. "Right now, they are talking about running back and wide receiver. I want to play a hybrid role, kind of in the slot and in the backfield. I think that would suit my style of play the best."

Hines has hopes of visiting Notre Dame at some point in the future.

"Either officially or unofficially, I want to get out to Notre Dame and see campus and what it's all about," Hines said.

"Academically, Notre Dame is second to none and I know the value of that degree is big time when you graduate college. I know Notre Dame is independent and they play one of the toughest schedules in the country, playing both USC and Stanford every year. I know at Notre Dame I would always be challenged academically and athletically."

This summer Hines will visit Ohio State, West Virginia and Clemson. This spring he made stops at Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

"Those are the three places I know I'm going for sure," Hines said. "Everywhere else I visit will be on the fly."

The Garner native grew up an N.C. State fan.

"I grew up a State fan," Hines said. "North Carolina and Duke were basketball schools, and State focused more on football."

Hines, who has plans to enroll early in college, has 20 offers but no favorites.

"It's completely open, honestly," Hines said. "I will probably narrow it down in August, take official visits and commit in October."

"I'm going to base my decision off the people," Hines said. "The people at the school are what's going to make my college experience."

Hines plans to run track in college. He recently won three events in regional competition, and he set his personal record in the 100-meter finishing in 10.54 seconds.

Hines finished his junior season with 3,140 yards rushing and 49 touchdowns and 600 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.

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