Young Star: Hines Talks Meteroic Recruitment

Plano East 2017 linebacker Anthony Hines is one of the most coveted recruits in the nation of any class and he still has three years of high school ball remaining. Monday he attended a Texas Tech satellite camp where he was offered by the Red Raiders. caught up with him to see where he stands with Texas Tech and how he's handling his crazy recruitment.

When you hear about a recruit holding 30-plus offers you assume he is close to graduating or perhaps maybe even in the next recruiting cycle.

Then there are prospects such as Plano East outside linebacker Anthony Hines, a Mississippi State commit, who just finished his freshman year of high school, but has already been offered by 32 Division I schools. And these aren't small programs we're talking about either.

Hines (6-foot-2.5, 218 pounds) holds offers from coast-to-coast by programs such as Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, UCLA and Washington. He also has his choice of most of the regional powers such as Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

"It's really just exploded, it really picked up this spring and you know I have just really tried to put that to the side and focus on getting better," Hines said. "I can't let it overwhelm me."

His most recent offer came from Texas Tech on Monday when he attended their satellite camp in Lancaster, TX.

"I went to their camp and saw how they coached and hung out with them some and yeah, they pulled the trigger then," Hines said. "The camp was really hype, a really fast-paced camp and everybody was really getting after it. That's something that I admire."

Hines, who racked up 125 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three forced fumbles a fumble recovery and a field goal block his freshman year at Plano East, committed to Mississippi State back in October and said while he is still exploring his options, he remains solid with the Bulldogs. Part of that exploration is a whirlwind of visits planned this summer.

"I'll probably stop by Ohio State, South Carolina, North Carolina, NC State and Duke," Hines said.

What about his interest in Texas Tech? Well, he said Tuesday that he actually contacted the Red Raiders first. Hines added he's talked the most with assistant coach Trey Haverty and head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

"I just called the office. I'm really interested in Texas Tech," Hines said. "I watched them growing up, you know Michael Crabtree with the 49ers, that's my favorite team, and he came from Texas Tech so I have been watching them."

Hines said he hopes to visit Lubbock this summer, but if not he will definitely visit for a game in the fall. In the meantime, between flying all over the country and racking up offers, he is going to try and stay levelheaded with an assist from his parents, who he says have been as surprised by all the early attention as he has.

"My parents have been very shocked, but they really are just taking it step-by-step," Hines said. "They're really proud of me and they support me the whole way through."

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