Hines familiar with Roper’s offense

Running backs coach Brian White has been racking up the frequent flyer miles the last few weeks on the recruiting trail as he’s been in several different states including North Carolina on Wednesday.

White was in North Carolina to visit athlete Nyheim Hines (5-8, 178, Garner, NC Garner High) and to talk with his high school coaches.

“Coach [Brian] White from Florida came by my school on Wednesday,” Hines said. “It was great to see him but he just stopped by and said hey. He got the chance to talk to my coaches a good bit about me and they showed him my film.”

Hines plays many different positions in high school but he says that White has told him he will stick to the offensive side of the ball if he chooses Florida.

“Coach White tells me that they want me to play running back at Florida,” he said. “Coach White was real honest with me and said that I didn’t fit the pro-style offense they ran last year but that I fit the spread offense great now. I kind of know the philosophy of Coach [Kurt] Roper’s offense from Duke a little since Duke is so close to me. I’ve seen Duke’s offense a lot so I know that I can fit in the offense now with the zone read’s and throwing the ball to the running back.”

The familiarity with Roper’s offense, plus the opportunity to play in the SEC has Hines intrigued and has put Florida on his radar.

“I have a lot of interest in Florida because of them having Percy Harvin and also them being in the SEC,” Hines sad. “I also know that Coach [Will] Muschamp is a great coach and I’ve heard nothing but great things about the school and the coaches. I’m just ready to see everything for myself.”

In the coming months, Hines will repay White’s visit by visiting White and the coaching staff in Gainesville where he hopes to check out the campus life.

“I have family in Orlando so I’m going to visit them in June or July and will visit Florida then,” Hines said. “I want to see the football facilities and the town. I know enough about their football that I just want to see the campus life and the atmosphere around the town.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.