August 24, 2013

Hines gets hat trick in opening win

With the high school season starting this week, multiple schools started last week to see and show what they have been working on over the summer, as several teams participated in the Southeast Raleigh Jamboree last weekend.

That is where Tar Heel Illustrated was able to catch up with one of the top athletes in North Carolina and in the class of 2015, Nyheim Hines.

The last time THI had caught up with Hines, the young stud was participating at Larry Fedora's Freak Show. Now, he is taking what he has learned and practiced over the summer and putting it on the field for the start of the season for himself and for Garner.

Here is what Hines had to say about his latest recruitment and for his upcoming season with the Garner Trojans.

What is it like to come out and compete against other high schools at the Southeast Raleigh Jamboree today?

"It's great. It's basically an evaluation, like Coach Leach says; it's a show and tell. We go out and practice so hard all summer and we show everybody what we could possibly do. We're basically seeing what everyone is capable of."

What is the latest update on your recruitment?

"I haven't received any offers since then, but Florida and Florida State have talked to Coach Leach. But I have received a bunch of letters from USC, Stanford, and California; also, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, and Virginia."

"I'm trying to go to the Clemson Georgia game or I might go to the UNC South Carolina game."

What is the latest you have heard from North Carolina?

"They (UNC) sent me a picture of Giovani Bernard saying "You're Next," possibly saying that I could be like him if I work hard. But I really haven't been keeping in touch with anyone lately because I've just been focused on track till about three weeks ago. I've just been focusing on football and not letting all this recruitment get to my head."

Any goals for the upcoming season for yourself?

"No individual goals. Just more yard than last year. I'm really not an individual goal kind of guy"

Do you have any upcoming plans for the season?

"I would love to visit those schools that have already offered me. But honestly, I have to take care of high school first. My games are on Friday night and then I'll be able to take care of my Saturday and Sundays. I'm going to focus on high school first because I can't get these years back, then ill focus on college."

What are some of the positives and attractions you see at UNC?

It's a great school. I've actually been on the inside because my aunt graduated there three or four years ago. So I think it's a great program; I'm around there all the time since I run indoor track there. I like the facility and I like the field, since now I've been on it and the athletic parts around it since I've talked to a couple of trainers that went to UNC.

"They have a lot of stuff that attract recruits. I just think it's a really great school."

Is there anyone leading or are you planning on narrowing down your list?

"Nobody is leading. Everyone has a chance. I'll probably narrow it down my senior year."

Last year, Hines was one of the top athletes, as he had 95 carries for 750 yards, 23 receptions for 355 yards and 4 touchdowns, and returned 15 punts for 310 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, he had 52 tackles, two tackles for loss, three interceptions, and caused three fumbles.

This year, he has been looking to surpass his last year's stats, starting first against their rivals against Middle Creek Friday night, where Tar Heel Illustrated caught some live action of Hines on the field. Hines started the season off with a bang, scoring all three touchdowns in the game against Middle Creek and leading the Trojans to victory in their opening game 21-16.

He first scored on a punt return, where he was seemingly was wrapped up early but broke away down the field and no one could touch him. He also was the featured running back for the Trojans Friday night, as Hines was split out as a receiver and in the backfield to run the ball. One could tell the Trojans were trying to get the ball to him at any time during the game.

Where ever he may go though, there will certainly be a team that could use him as an athlete on the field with his speed, hard hitting, and his is ability to make people miss.

Furthermore, there's a chance that Hines could be joined with other players around the area that North Carolina has been looking at recently.

After his scrimmage game the other weekend, THI was able to talk to Hines a little more. Hines was there to watch another UNC recruit and a good friend in Bryce Love, a running back who plays for Wake Forest. He had mentioned that he and Love have been on trips together and have talked about recruitment together, giving some teams two possible top recruits from the state of North Carolina.

Hines right now seems to be ready and focused on the upcoming season with Garner and will be looking to make a bigger name for himself, turning those interests into possible offers. He certainly started it off though early in week one.

North Carolina seems to be in good condition with Hines and he seems to enjoy being there, as he said before that he has been to UNC on multiple occasions. Coach Larry Fedora and his team will certainly be in contact with Hines in the future and will look to solidify their 2015 class with a top North Carolina prospect.

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