Hines' Guardian Details Visit, Commitment

Oklahoma State did receive its first offensive line commitment in the 2012 class on Tuesday morning as offensive tackle prospect Tim Hines of Bryan, Texas pledged to the Cowboys with a phone call to head coach Mike Gundy and Cowboys assistant coaches Doug Meacham and Joe Wickline.

It had to be good news in the football offices as Hines, who was on campus for an unofficial visit last Friday during the coaching clinic, is 6-5, 305 pounds, very athletic, and is talented enough running to compete in relays and the 200 meters in track.

In fact, he has posted a 24.2 seconds in the 200 meters and has a 14 second time in the 100 meters. That's outstanding for someone his size. This past season he earned all-district honors and was also named to the All-State team for underclassmen.

Hines made his visit last Friday with his guardian, Bryan High School assistant coach Robert Jesurun. Jesurun said both of them really enjoyed and were impressed with the visit.

"Well, I think the campus and the facilities are second to none," started Jesurun. "The coachiing staff does a great job of selling the program, but so do the players.

"The kids really help sell the place, and Tim got to spend time with some of the players and he could tell they are happy and they are treated really well, and he could see himself being one of them. The coaches do treat the kids really well. They know all their names and it is not an act. You can tell they are all really like family. It is evident that it is a close-knit group.

"I've always said that places don't make the people, the people make the place," added Jesurun in summing up that part of the decision.

Academics was also a part of the decision. Jesurun said he and Hines toured the academic center and while they did not meet either Dr. Marilyn Middlebrook or Terry Henley, who handle football academics, he said he could see the work that was going on there and what an aid it was. Jesurun said he could not see an OSU athlete not succeeding unless they simply didn't want to.

"It was all first class and it is not an act," added Jesurun. "I know the coaches and they are real guys and coach on good principles. I know the offensive line coach, Coach Wickline, and he is one of the best and a coach that I think can really help Tim."

Hines had previous scholarship offers from Baylor, Houston, and Louisiana Tech, and my guess is he would have seen a lot more. This is a special young man in that his combination of size and athletic ability is rare. As you may have read in Terry Tush's story on the commitment, Hines is a very solid young man off the field as well.

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