More From TT Verbal Anthony Hines

Denison safety/athlete <b>Anthony Hines</b> shared some comments with us about his verbal commitment to Texas Tech yesterday and we wanted to bring that to you now...

"I was liking Texas Tech from the get-go," said Anthony Hines regarding the reasons he chose to play D-I ball for the Red Raiders. "Plus, I had a real good time on my official. And I really like Coach (Johnny) Barr who was recruiting me. And like the fact that he's also going to be my position coach. I just like Coach Barr. He's just real cool. And he seems like he knows what he's talking about so I have faith in him."

The Denison prep (same alma mater as former Texas Tech DE Aaron Hunt) who already had an offer on the table before making his Lubbock official visit said he told the Red Raider secondary coach on Sunday that he wanted to commit.

Later, he said a very tickled Barr said, 'Let's go see Mike Leach so you can tell him about your decision.'

"When we went into his office, Coach Leach asked me if I was going to commit and I said, 'Yeah, I want to be a Red Raider.'"

According to the 6-1.5, 202-pounder who initially projects as a strong-side safety, Leach told him, 'I watched your film and was really impressed with what you can do. You're very talented and exciting to watch.'

"They said I have the ability to play either safety position so I'm coming down this summer to work out with the team (in off-season workouts) to get a jump-start on everybody."

Hines said his player host was DT Ken Scott but said he also spent most his time with fellow TT target Darcel McBath.

"I was telling him he needed to commit," said the kid with a 290 bench, 430 squat and 240 power clean. "He's a guy I've competed against in basketball and track, so is Shannon Woods, and I think Darcel will probably commit to Texas Tech too."

Hines and McBath, who arrived a day late, both asked to extend their stay another day, a sign that kickin' it with the players was too much fun.

With official visits slated for Baylor (Jan. 23) and TCU (Jan. 30) before his commitment, Hines said, "I'm done. You tell the Texas Tech fans I'm looking forward to becoming a Red Raider and that I'll be there this summer and to look out for me."

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