Hines' academics are so strong that he even had a vist to Princeton, but in the end he decided to cast his lot with the Mountaineers.
Hines was a three year starter at center in St. Edwards' modified spread offense, so he should have a leg up on getting comfortable in WVU's scheme. St Edwards was in the shotgun "about 70% of the time" according to Niedzwiecki, and ran from the no huddle.
"We always put our best linemen in the middle (center and guards)," noted Niedzwiecki, "and Jeremy was the anchor of our line at center."
Hines figures to play one of the inside line positions at WVU, as he probably doesn't have quite the height or reach that you look for in a tackle. He does, according to Niedzwiecki, possess the speed and quickness to get downfield.
"He hasn't given up a sack in two years, and he gets downfield well. He can get to those second level guys (linebackers) and make blocks."
Hines is also impressive off the field, as his GPA might suggest. He was a team captain and amember of the Student Council while earning numerous All-Ohio and Greater Cleveland area honors.
Hines was recruited by Jeff Casteel, whom Niedzwiecki had high praise for.
"Coach Casteel and Coach Rodriguez did an excellent job in recruiting Jeremy. They were straight up with him, and were very patient as he looked at his other options. Coach Rodriguez spend a good deal of time here when he did his in-home visit, and he just did a very good job."