Anthony Hines (© Greg Powers)

5-Star LB Anthony Hines Reacts to Texas A&M Official Visit

Sep. 5 -- One of UCLA's top targets in the 2017 class, Texas five-star linebacker Anthony Hines, took an official visit to Texas A&M for the UCLA game, and he provides his impressions...

Anthony Hines, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker from Plano East took his first official visit to see Texas A&M.

He picked a good weekend for the visit as the Aggies knocked off No. 16 UCLA 31-24 in overtime. 

"The atmosphere was electric," Hines said. "There are stadiums out there with more seats, but I don't think that they are getting any louder than that."

They say that you can feel the stadium sway during the 'Aggie War Hymn' and Hines confirmed the fact.

" Yes," Hines stated. "It was definitely shaking. It was a crazy experience."

"They definitely took advantage of the wine and dine," Hines joked. He then went on to explain how well that TAMU and its staff treated them while they were in College Station, the red carpet was really laid out.

Former Scout five-star Daylon Mack was his host on the visit. "He told me how it is just a great opportunity at Texas A&M and that the coaches keep it real," Hines reported. 

The mid-week announcement to make an official visit came as a surprise, but Hines confirms that the Aggies are a sleeper on his top schools list. The visit seems to have further cemented its positive chances to land the five-star linebacker.

"Yes sir, they have been up there ever since they first offered," Hines said. "Coach (Kevin) Sumlin has been recruiting me for a long time and for me it is the SEC in Texas. It's literally the only thing like it in Texas."

Hines, who came on the trip with his father, mother and grandma, loved the chance to spend more time with the coaches at the school. Especially defensive coordinator John Chavis and head coach Kevin Sumlin.

"It is always good to talk to 'Chief' (Chavis) and of course coach Sumlin," Hines said. "They see me as a 'Mike' and that is where they are thin at."

Anthony Hines (© Greg Powers)

With an early enrollment date and a Nov. 29th decision date set, Hines confirmed that he has official visit No. 2 scheduled for next weekend. 

"Texas will be my next official visit," Hines confirmed. "I will be taking that next weekend. They play UTEP."

Hines and his Panther teammates are off to a 1-1 start in 2015 and Hines has already collected around 40 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks and forced a fumble to build off a junior campaign that netted him Scout All-American honors. 

The No. 1 rated ILB will play in the Under Armour All America Game on January 1, 2017. 

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