Hines names top seven

Nyheim Hines released his top seven schools tonight. Following his announcement, the 2015 four-star Garner (N.C.) running back spoke with Scout.com.

Nyheim Hines is down to seven schools.

Duke, Florida, Georgia, NC State, Ohio State, Wake Forest and West Virginia – in no particular order – are the schools still in the running for the 5-foot-9, 187-pound Hines.

He gave a quick thought on each.

Duke: “Coach (Dave) Cutcliffe is really genuine,” Hines said. “I like their staff. I’m really close with (running backs) coach (Re’quan) Boyette. Out of all the coaches recruiting me, I probably have the best relationship him.”

Florida: “I like (running backs) coach (Brian) White. He’s the only Harvard graduate, who’s a D1 running back coach and he’s really smart. And I think coach (Will) Muschamp is going to turn the program around and rebound from the season they had last year.”

Georgia:Keith Marshall, who’s a friend of mine, goes there. (Running backs) coach (Bryan) McClendon is a great coach and I have a really good relationship with him. He’s really easy to talk to and he’s cool.”

NC State: “I grew up an NC State fan, so it’s kind of hard to say no to them. They’re fan base is also very enthusiastic and really loyal. I also have a lot of friends who go to NC State.”

Ohio State: “It’s a great place and a great program. I saw what coach (Urban) Meyer did with Percy Harvin at Florida and I’d like to play that same hybrid position in college. I also think coach Meyer is going to win a championship soon.”

Wake Forest: “They have a new coaching staff and a great system. They need a homerun hitter in their offense. It’s also a place that offers a great education and I think the football program is on the rise.”

West Virginia: “Everybody who knows me knows one of favorite players is (former West Virginia wide receiver) Tavon Austin. I saw what they did with him in their system and think I’m just like him. I feel like I could flourish in that offense. I was also impressed with how they played against Alabama.”

What’s next for Hines?

"I haven’t set any official visits yet," he said. "I’m not graduating early, so I don’t have to rush myself.

”I’m not sure if I’ll cut my list again. I might just commit. I’ll probably make my decision sometime in late October or early November. I want to see how some of these teams do this season first.”

Garner is 1-1 and continues their season Friday on the road against Broughton at 7 p.m.

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