Hines also attended camps at Duke, North Carolina, and Northwestern during the summer. While he started the Knights first five games in 2011, his season was cut short due to an injury to the collarbone. The camps gave Hines a chance to show colleges coaches he was healthy and adept at playing wide out.
"The main thing I took away from the camps was getting off the ball in press coverage," Hines said. "You don't see a lot of that in high school, but you will in college."
In two games, Hines has 11 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He has 13 carries for 61 yards and a rushing touchdown. Hines also is the Knights kick returner averaging 25.33 yards per return. He feels like his transition from running back to receiver under the tutelage of his father, Todd, a former NFL player who serves as the teams offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. He'll also rely on his expertise while his recruiting heats up.
"I want to go to a school with high academics that also competes in football at a high level," said Hines. "I definitely want to try to make it to the Wake Forest game with Carolina and maybe a few games in the Midwest, where my family is originally from, at schools like Ohio State and Purdue."
Hines says he worked hard on his route running with Carolina Panthers players during the NFL lockout. After he recovered from his collarbone injury, Hines went to state in the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the 4 by 100 meter relay. His best time at 100 meters is a 10.7. He reports a 3.7 GPA taking AP classes at Charlotte Christian. Hines and the Knights will be in action on Friday, August 31st against Liberty Christian, a top 10 school in Virginia.