Earl Hines, a 6-foot-t, 205-pound linebacker from Port Arthur Memorial High in Texas has been receiving steady interest from a number of the country's top college football programs, but two schools have supplanted themselves at the top of his list.
"Texas and Florida," Hines said when asked about favorites schools.
Up to this point neither of Hines' favorites have offered a scholarship, but luckily he reports that he has some other schools on the hook.
"Those are the main ones," Hines confirmed. "But I have some offers and am getting some other interest.
Another school high up on Hines' list is Oklahoma. The Sooners have not yet offered him schollie.
"They are still up at the top of my list and everything," Hines admitted. "They are in the top three I know for sure. They are showing me some interest and some attention and stuff."
Hines was set to go for the Texas junior day last weekend, but in the end he was unable to attend.
"I was supposed to this past weekend, but I had a lot of things going on so I was not able to make it," Hines explained.
"I was disappointed with that because I really was looking forward to going. But some things came up and I wasn't able to make it."
Hines racked up 130 tackles his sophomore season and 80 tackles this season after missing three ballgames. His efforts were still good enough to earn him first team All-District honors.