Different Paths

The start of the high school football season can have different effects on players expecting to continue their careers in college. Some begin to feel the pressure to make their college choice and nail down a scholarship, while others put the hustle and bustle of recruiting aside to concentrate on their senior seasons.

For one offensive line prospect on West Virginia's recruiting list, the latter is the case – at least for now.

Stuart Hines, a six-foot, five-inch, 275-pound lineman from Bowling Green, Ky., has a number of schools vying for his commitment and his signature, including WVU. After making the rounds of summer camp, however, the big tackle is putting recruiting on the back burner.

"I haven't set any official visits yet, and I am still pretty much wide open," said Hines, who includes Kentucky, Baylor, Tennessee, Baylor, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, in addition to West Virginia, on his list. "We have started our season, so I am trying to focus on that. More than likely, I won't make my decision until after the season, unless something comes up that makes me decide earlier."

Hines didn't say what could make him bump his timetable up, but for now it looks like the Kentucky native won't make a quick decision. However, he still has West Virginia on his list of interest, and rates the chances of WVU landing an official visit as "very good". The Mountaineer coaching staff is remaining in contact with him frequently.

Hines, who plays both ways for Bowling Green High School, was named the defensive player of the game in a loss to St. Xavier to open the season. He also pulled double duty in a triple overtime win in Week 2, which he admits left him "pretty tired". This week, Hines and his Bowling Green teammates face off against cross-town rival Warren Central.

Despite manning a tackle spot on both sides of the line, Hines is being recruited for offense by every school that has offered him. At West Virginia's summer camp, he worked at that spot under the watchful eye of WVU offensive line coach Rick Trickett. That performance earned him a stamp of approval, and Hines believes he can compete at the exterior offensive line position.

"West Virginia hasn't mentioned a position to me yet, but think I can play tackle in college," said Hines as he rested up for one of the biggest games of his senior season. "I think I am good enough to play there."


  • Hines, a Scout.com three star prospect, earned a triple crown as a junior by being selected to his all-region, all-district, and all-state teams.

    While Hines is still listening to Kentucky, he is no longer interested in Louisville.

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