For four-star outside linebacker/safety hybrid Brandon Hines (Dallas/Kimball), the word “loyalty” holds a strong meaning. It was strong enough for him to give New Mexico State his verbal commitment late Wednesday evening.
Hines, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete with 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash and escalating potential, chose New Mexico State over offers from Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, SMU and Texas Tech. Hines, who was recruited by NMSU offensive line coach Brad Bedell, became the Aggies’ first commitment of the 2013 recruiting class.
“A lot of schools were pulling off on me because they said I was waiting too long or they needed juco transfers,” Hines said. “[New Mexico State] won my trust over because they actually had been loyal to me.
“Other schools were sugarcoating a lot of things and telling me what I wanted to hear. I put the whole thing on loyalty, man. I talk to the coaches once, twice a week. They were just real with me.”
Hines is expected to see time at both linebacker and safety and could be used more as a nickel-type defender. He trains in the summer with athletes who have seen time in the NFL, such as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Michael Adams and Dallas Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner, and he has been taught to play multiple positions on the defensive end.
Hines said playing at New Mexico State was a better option for him to get immediate time on the field as a freshman. He also said that a former Kimball teammate, New Mexico State sophomore receiver Austin Franklin, helped to make his decision.
“I talked to him before I committed,” Hines said of Franklin, one of the FBS's receiving leaders with 66 catches for 1,135 yards and 9 touchdowns. “He told me everybody wants to go to a big school, but what people fail to realize is how long you’ve got to wait to play the game you love. He said I’d get exposure as freshman, that I would love it out there and that I’d have an opportunity to the next level.”
Hines is ranked No. 38 among the nation's top outside linebackers in the 2013 class. He also is ranked No. 53 among players in Texas.