Class of 2015 athlete Nyheim Hines (Garner, N.C.) is one of the fastest players in the coming recruiting cycle and has earned five early scholarship offers.
Nyheim Hines is the No. 14 athlete in the 2015 class according to 247Sports. His aunt played soccer at North Carolina and the Tar Heels have extended an early offer.
“I like all of my offers so far,” Hines said. “It’s a dead even race and I’m thinking about all of them. I don’t have a favorite, but I really like Duke and North Carolina so far. (Duke head coach) David Cutcliffe is just a real stand up guy. He has a really great track record coaching Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. He’s definitely taken the Duke program far in three years. UNC, I’ve been to that campus a lot. They’ve shown me some really impressive and interesting things about their facilities and just some interesting facts that have kind of stuck with me.”
According to Hines, he has a family connection to the Tar Heels.
“My aunt, Ariel Harris, she played soccer at UNC. She just wants me to make the right choice and go where I can be most successful. I know if I do actually go there though, she’ll be thrilled.”
The 5-foot-8, 178-pound speedster has his eye on several unofficial visits this coming season.
“I’m going to try to make it down to all of the schools that have offered me,” he said. “Maybe I’ll go to some games or go on visits. South Carolina invited me to Black Magic but I couldn’t make it because of track. Hopefully, I’ll make it up to Columbia. Right now I’m trying to go the Clemson/Georgia game. I’ll try to go to Florida/Florida State as well.”
Hines added that he has seen increased attention from several programs of late.
“Florida State, Virginia, Nebraska. Florida has sent me a bunch of letters. USC has started trying to contact me, sending me letters and things in that nature. I’ve been a Reggie Bush fan forever so I’ve always put USC in consideration. It’d be nice to get an offer from all of those schools.”
There are two programs in particular that Hines has followed for some time.
“Florida and Clemson are the two schools I’ve always liked since I was like 6 or 7,” Hines said. “Ever since I was in third grade, I’ve always liked Clemson and I liked CJ Spiller. Ever since he left there, I’ve always been a fan of Clemson. I’ve always liked Florida, it’s a dream school of mine. I was a huge fan of Percy Harvin, after he left I stuck with them.”
Hines said he is preparing for the day he enters college football. “I work hard each day in practice,” he said. “I run track to help with my speed and quickness. I’m looking into the coaching staffs. I have to like the coaching staff and the system. I’m seeing who will make me feel at home.”
Hines, who plays running back at Garner, is currently ranked as the No. 14 athlete in the 2015 class by 247Sports.