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OLB Brandon Hines talks SMU offer

Outside linebacker/safety hybrid Brandon Hines (Dallas/Kimball) was one of the recruits in attendance for Thursday’s SMU-Houston game. On Saturday, the four-star athlete had a new offer -- one he said he’s strongly considering.

Hines said he picked up an offer from SMU, and the 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete now is entertaining nine offers. He said the offer came as a surprise, but it is one that definitely has some intrigue about it.

“I got a call from my coach saying congrats on the SMU offer,” Hines said. “I went to the game, and I saw a lot of stuff. I visualized it, and I could picture myself there.

“I like the fact that they play a lot of freshmen. I feel like if I come in, I can really get a lot of exposure. That’s a big deal to me.”

Hines is a versatile defender who is fast enough to play safety and laterally quick enough to play linebacker. During the offseason, Hines trains with NFL-caliber athletes such as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Michael Adams, Dallas Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner, free agent safety Cam Nelson and others.

Hines has additional offers from Baylor, Kansas State, Kansas, Purdue and North Texas, among other schools. He said the SMU offer receives a lot of play primarily for proximity reasons.

“Honestly, they’re in my top three,” Hines said. “I’m a Dallas native, and that’s in my backyard. My mom can come to games, and my coaches can see me play. My cousins, aunts, uncles ... everyone can see me.”