USC suprises Anthony Hines

Four-star sophomore Anthony Hines has more scholarship offers than ties to the West Coast, but a visit from the USC coaching staff last week was a memorable event in his recruitment.

Plano (Texas) East linebacker Anthony Hines is one of the most sought after sophomores in America, but even after 60-plus scholarship offers, a visit from USC linebacker coach Peter Sirmon was still enough to make a lasting impression.

“I hadn’t been speaking to USC for very long, but it is a school I have always been interested in,” said Hines. “I just walked into my coach’s office one day and Coach Sirmon was there.

“That totally took me by surprise. My coach told me afterward that USC wanted to offer me a scholarship.”

Hines family is originally from the Bay Area of Northern California, although he was born and raised in Texas. Hines still has family living in Southern California and has visited Los Angeles in the past.

“Of course, the great tradition there — it’s always been one of those top tier schools,” said Hines. “It’s an extremely prestigious offer. Also, the area of Los Angeles is really nice. I always enjoy it when I go out there.”

Whether he gets out to USC this summer for an unofficial visit remains to be seen. Hines certainly wants to visit USC’s campus with a Trojan scholarship offer now in hand, but he also has 60 other schools vying for his attention.

“I definitely look forward to staying in contact with Coach Sirmon,” said Hines. “That’s my position coach, which is why it was so awesome for him to come see me in person and offer me.

“Them showing that type of interest, I’m definitely going to have to get out there. I have some free time this summer, so I may be able to make it down there this summer.”

Hines, 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, is rated among the top handful of junior linebacker nationally. With that size, his fit in the Trojans' 3-4 hybrid scheme remains undetermined.

“My coach just said they like my combination of size and speed,” said Hines. “They really liked my long arms, especially. They just liked me as a linebacker in general.”

As a 2017 signee, Hines’ 60-plus scholarship offers puts him way ahead of the recruiting curve. He currently has no plans of formulating a list of favorite schools, but acknowledges the double edged sword recruiting can become during the evaluation period.

“It was definitely a unique experience,” said Hines. “I’m just blessed to have the opportunity to go through it. It’s awesome, but it can definitely get hectic. I just try to balance everything.

“I try to not allow it to take over my life.”

While Hines has no definite plans on unofficial visits this summer, he does look forward to participating in some big events, which will help further his reputation as being the best in the class of 2017.

Stay tuned for more news on that in the coming weeks.

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