Sooners making push for Hines

Is OU ready to make its big push with a major five-star target?

Oklahoma has been knocking on the door for a while, but Monday is the day the Sooners want to bust that thing down and separate themselves from the rest of the crowd with Plano (Texas) East inside linebacker Anthony Hines.

Hines, ranked No. 1 ILB in the country and No. 19 overall in the Scout 100, is expected to once again be in Norman with his father. But this time around? With his mother as well.

That’s huge. Because multiple sources have said that while getting Anthony Hines (the father) involved is nice, the key is to include the mother and have the mother be comfortable with the surroundings.

That can only happen, obviously, if she’s in town. Hines and his father have probably seen Norman more than any other campus during this process, dating back to 2014. The relationships forged with Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops and Tim Kish are incredible.

So Monday isn’t about father and son, but about the mother. Hines’ mother, to the best of Sooners Illustrated’s knowledge, has only visited TCU and Texas among the top schools for the five-star prospect.

Sources said Sunday this could be the game-changing moment for Hines with the Sooners. Either a great one or the one where OU falls back with the rest of the pack.

Although Hines is rather mum about talking favorites, multiple sources from multiple schools believe OU is in the driver’s seat for Hines.

There are several reasons why. One of them is the great bond he has developed with SoonerSquad17, most notably fellow inside linebacker Levi Draper. Hines is ranked No. 1 ILB with Draper right behind him at No. 2 overall at the spot.

Hines and Draper have been competing against each other for years at all-star events and camps, and the fathers and the sons have developed a deep connection.

Hines has not been shy about hitting the road, once again visiting Texas and Texas A&M last month. But as those visits concluded, the feeling among many was that could have been the last stand for the Longhorns and Aggies.

He’s heard what they’re selling, and now he’s heading to the Sooners. We’ll see if it’s that simple, but his father did tell Sooners Illustrated last week it’s a pure guessing game as to when his son is going to make his decision.

Hines intends to be a mid-year enrollee so the process won’t be dragged out until January or February, but there were multiple sources who believe Hines could make the call before his senior season starts later this month.

If that’s the case, then getting his mother to Norman might be the final piece to the puzzle of turning #WeWantHines from a hashtag into a reality.

OU already has three prospects committed in the Scout 100, but the feeling after the ChampUBBQ is the Sooners will add at least 2-3 more and maybe sooner than you think.

Hines wasn’t at the BBQ, which isn’t a big deal considering the whole family is going to get the VIP treatment this afternoon.

Sooners Illustrated has felt Hines has been the No. 1 overall target for OU’s class going back to summer 2014, and the two years’ worth of work seem like they’re about to pay off.

With a mother’s blessing, of course.


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