Good: Hines is an outstanding athlete. He can run sideline-to-sideline as well as anyone in the country. He can blitz and wreak havoc in the opposition's backfield. If there is a faster linebacker coming out of his stance I want to see him. He is very solid in coverage. He is capable of being a read and react type linebacker as well. Hines is very versatile and has exceptional first-step quickness. He has a nose for the ball and is a very solid open field tackler.
Bad: One area that Hines will need to improve upon is taking on offensive linemen. In high school he comes off the edge a lot or is shooting gaps.
Future: Don't be surprised if you see Hines get a shot at playing safety when he first gets to Ohio State. Yes, I know that sounds crazy and I know Ohio State has a great group of defensive backs coming in, but this kid is a great athlete who could do a lot of things from the safety spot and then he can eventually grow into a more natural spot at outside linebacker. Buckeye fans should be excited because Hines and Brian Rolle teamed up with the members of this secondary class could be very special.