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Five-star linebacker Anthony Hines not eliminating USC from consideration

While USC has offered scholarships to plenty of defenders in the class of 2017, there have been few options targeted at inside linebacker.

Plano (Texas) five-star linebacker Anthony Hines didn’t include USC is his latest list of favorite schools, yet growing up, he admits the Trojans were his favorite team.

“Coach (Johnny) Nansen has contacted me quite often,” said Hines. “If they continue to recruit me even after I've dropped my top 10, then I’ll still be interested.

“They've been recruiting me very hard ever since the offer. Beyond that, it's a great school. USC was really my dream school growing up. 

“It's a tremendous school and the tradition there is unmatched. It's definitely a good option.”

Hines' current list of favorites schools consists of Texas, Texas A&M, Ohio State, SMU, UCLA, Auburn, TCU, Oklahoma State, Florida and Oklahoma.

However, he still wants to make a West Coast swing at some point before the end of the recruiting process. 

"I'm going to try and make it out to UCLA and maybe I'll be able to visit USC as well," said Hines.

Relentlessness is a word often used to describe the country's best recruiters. In order for the Trojans to get back to the top of Hines' list of favorite schools, Nansen and company will have to be persistent in their pursuit of the 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker. 

"If they continue to recruit me, that just shows how high their interest level is,” said Hines. “Of course, I have to show interest there, but like I said, USC was my dream school growing up, so it would be awesome to visit there.”

And while fans from all colleges scramble over midsummer commitments and preseason whims of 17-year-olds, Hines timeline for a decision spans from September to December. 

"As of now I have no official visits planned,” said Hines. “I'm trying to get that done pretty quick. Really, I’m trying to get that done before the summer ends. 

“I could make a commitment before the season starts, but at the latest it will be after my official visits."

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