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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Mississippi State lands 2017 Texas LB

By Damon Sayles

Freshman high school players who have been offered college football scholarships are becoming more commong. A freshman committing, however, is still something of a phenomenon.

Late Saturday afternoon, Mississippi State joined the ranks of BCS teams landing 2017 pledges.

2017 athlete Anthony Hines III (Dallas/Episcopal School of Dallas) gave Mississippi State his verbal commitment during a visit to Starkville, Miss. His father, Anthony Jr., confirmed the verbal. Hines, at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, chose Mississippi State over offers from Akron and Montana.

“He pulled the trigger today. He’s a Bulldog,” the elder Hines said of his son, who is expected to play either outside linebacker or defensive end for Mississippi State. “He just felt comfortable. He loves Mississippi State and Starkvile. He loves the coaches, and he loves [defensive coordinator] Coach [Geoff] Collins.

“We talked about it, and I told him it’d be his decision. He said to me, ‘Why not? Why wait any longer?’”

Hines isn’t a stranger to Mississippi State. He made his fourth visit to Starkville over the weekend and has been a fan of the program for quite some time. He said the decision was a fairly simple one to make.

“It’s just the environment there,” Hines said. “I knew I belonged there as soon as I first stepped on the campus during the spring game [in April]. Then, there’s the city of Starkville. I love the city; it’s great.”

Hines, in addition to his offers, has interest from TCU, SMU, Baylor and Iowa. The freshman already bench presses 255 pounds and squats 300, and he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He’s a major contributor for his high school team, lining up at both running back and linebacker.

Hines now joins defensive end Loren Mondy (Mansfield, Texas/Lake Ridge) and fellow linebacker Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory) on the short list of 2017 verbal commitments. Mondy committed to Arizona State on June 30, and Moses committed to LSU on Sept. 22.