If you ask Nyheim Hines
why he is interested in the Florida
Gators, he will tell you he has followed Florida since the two National Championships in 2006 and 2008 and since a guy named Percy Harvin
did his magic in the Orange and Blue. Harvin was a game breaker as both a running back and a receiver at Florida and Hines sees himself in the same mold.
"I liked them since Percy Harvin was there," Hines said of the Gators. "I just want to get down there and see Florida for myself. I always wanted to go; hopefully I can get there soon. I will probably get down there in the summer."
The Florida offense is looking for game breakers and the dual track star / football player is a touchdown waiting to happen scoring 60 touchdowns in 2013.
"They like my speed and now that it is a spread offense," Hines said. "They are looking for play makers and big time players and they think I can be that."
With 17 offers and counting, the Garner (N.C.) speedster says he doesn't have a favorite list at this point, but "maybe by the end of the summer."
The recruiting is distracting to say the least and takes a toll on top prospects sometimes. Hines is a respectable person, but has to step away from it every once in a while.
"It is crazy," he said. "I get called out of class all the time. I have coaches (direct messaging) me, and different coaches calling me. It's interesting and something I have never experienced before. Sometimes I have to get away… it depends on the day, some days I have track and other things and I just won't talk to anyone. But, I try and talk to the schools that have offered me. I just want to make sure that I make the best choice for the next four years of my life."
A superb track star running the 100 meters (10.59 seconds), 110 meter hurdles 14.27), and 300 meter hurdles (38.19), Hines says he knows what he is looking for in a program.
"I have to like the offense," he said. "I wouldn't want to go somewhere that (my position) blocked all the time. I want to make sure it is the right place for me. Academically I want to make sure they have something I want. The coaches and people around there are important. When you're around the people you will know if it is home or not. The coaches you have to see every day, so that is a big part of the decision."
The Gators seem to fit what he is looking for offensively.
"I really want to do both like De'Anthony Thomas or Percy Harvin," he said. "Florida wants me to be a running back, but I saw their offense at Duke and I know the running backs get a lot of pass plays too. They do a lot of moving screens to the running backs."
Four-star athlete Nyheim Hines is one of those guys that just needs the ball in his hands as much as possible. Knowing that of himself, Hines is looking for a place that will allow that to happen. The Florida Gators can see it and are pushing Hines as a running back with the knowledge that he is a huge weapon out of the backfield catching the ball. Hines knows the Florida offense and can see it.