Nyheim Hines, when he’s not working on making a college decision, practicing with his Garner High football teammates or doing school work, takes time to relax away from the hype.
It’s a formula that has made him one of the most sought-after recruits in the state and helped him compile a 3.9 GPA while juggling football and a busy year-round track and field schedule. Hines was third in the 2014 state 4A championships in the hurdles and fifth in the New Balance Nationals in the 100 meters.
“It’s important for me to take some time out for myself and relax,” Hines said. “I know the work that’s there for school, football and recruiting, but I have to take some time away. It needs to be done.”
Typically, that down time comes once he gets home from practice. He’ll eat dinner, spend a little time watching TV and relaxing, then finish up whatever homework he wasn’t able to complete during the school day. That’s another key for Hines’ productive school plan.
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“Anything I can get done during the school day, when I have a few minutes, I’d try to get it done before I get home,” he said.
He’s on track to complete his senior year in December, graduate early and enroll in college in January. He is taking college-level statistics and English.
Graduating early became one of Hines’ goals when he realized he might be recruited to play college football. He loaded up his schedule of core classes during his sophomore and junior years, knowing it would make his senior year more enjoyable and make it easier to work in the football recruiting official visits he’s currently taking.
Hines is only sure of one thing when it comes to his college choice. He’s more determined than ever to pick a school that works for both himself and his twin sister, Nyah Hines. She is a track and field standout as well.
The friendly sibling rivalry they have has bonded them both in the classroom and in competition.
“I feel like she’s helped me a whole lot on the school front,” Hines said of Nyah. “And I like to think I’ve helped her a lot on the athletics front, dealing with things. But she stays on me to get things done, almost like a second mother.”
On his official recruiting visits, he tries to look at much more than just the football program. Like most other prospects who are brought in for an official visit, Hines meets with an academic adviser to talk about potential fields of study. He also tries to get to know something about the communities.
“I want to learn about what life would be like living in that area after college, working in my college field of study,” Hines said. “The question I always ask is, ‘What would it be like to live here for the rest of my life and what would my career be like here?’ ”