Hines checks in at 5-foot-10, 160 pounds and holds two offers from Division I programs.
“Everything has been going good,” he said. “It’s the same schools that it’s always been for me. I’m hoping that Rutgers offers. I’ve talked to their coaches, and they like me.”
Rutgers twice hosted Hines as a camper, but the cornerback wants to return for an in-depth look at the program when possible.
“It’s Big Ten,” Hines said. “That’s the main part I like. I’d get to play in front of good competition every week. That would be a great thing.”
Hines holds early offers from Temple and Old Dominion.
“Temple was the first one to offer me,” Hines said. “I’ve loved them from the gun. I know the coaches well. I know some of their players. It’s a good school. I know Kareem Ali. He’s one of my good friends. It’s literally 10 minutes away from me, so I like that.
“… [At ODU], They have a great coaching staff. I love how they have energy and fire.”
Hines describes himself as improved in press coverage since the end of his sophomore season.
“Last year I was more off coverage, but I got a lot more physical in the offseason working out,” he said. “I’m going to be better in press coverage.
Wherever Hines lands, competition on the field and classroom are paramount.
“I would say academics is first, and then competition,” he said. “I want to compete every year for a championship.”