TCU opened fall practice last week and while practices are closed to the public and media, that doesn’t hold true for recruits. That’s especially true if you’re one of the most coveted players in the nation, regardless of classification.
On Friday, Plano (TX) East linebacker Anthony Hines traveled to Ft. Worth with his father to watch the Horned Frogs practice. A 2017 prospect, it’s easier to see who hasn’t offered the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder as he holds offers from over half of the nation’s college programs.
TCU extended an offer to Hines in the spring, but he’s been on the Frogs’ radar even before his freshman season. The big linebacker estimates that he’s visited the campus at least six times within the last year. Each time, he gets a chance to see something different.
“This time I took a campus visit and I hadn’t seen the campus in detail like that,” he said. “That really helped me get a perspective. It’s beautiful. I didn’t get a chance to go into the business school; they have a very prestigious business program.”
As for the Frogs’ practice, Hines liked every second of it; particularly the tempo and intensity.
“It was really competitive; I saw the linebackers getting after it,” Hines said of the practice. “I liked the physicality; they were getting extremely hyped up. I saw a lot of running backs flying.”
Hines also took notice of Frogs’ head coach Gary Patterson and his presence at each and every drill of practice. Hines says the coach moves around so often and more than others that you’d never know he was the head coach.
“Coach Patterson kept the practice at a very high pace,” he said. “He’s a head coach but you wouldn’t know it; he just coaches. That’s one thing I like about Coach P is he just coaches.”
Following the practice, Hines had a chance to talk with the coaches and gave him the message others from across the country are also giving.
“They just said that they’d love to have me and look forward to seeing me next season,” he said.