Georgia has become a key area for West Virginia head coach Neal Brown in his hunt for future Mountaineers, and he’s made an early push for one of the top 2024 recruits in the state.
2024 four-star linebacker Andrew Hines III from Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia picked up an offer from WVU in October, staying in contact with WVU special teams coordinator/inside linebackers coach Jeff Koonz throughout the process.
— Andrew Hines III (@AndrewHinesIII1) October 12, 2021
Hines (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) has been a fast-rising recruit this fall, picking up offers from Arkansas, Louisville, Maryland, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee, UCF, Vanderbilt and WVU. He thanked the eight schools to offer him so far in a Twitter post that included WVU.
When Hines picked up his WVU off, he felt both excitement and happiness, the process with the Mountaineers going very well since first coming into contact with the staff at practice.
Hines admitted that he isn’t very familiar with the WVU coaching staff, but he’s heard good things. He pointed to the Mountaineers being on an upward trajectory and how well players are treated by the staff.
He’d like to see for himself, in person, how the program is run and if what he’s heard is true. Hines said he’d like to attend a WVU game this season, but if that’s unable to happen, he’ll try to visit Morgantown over the summer.
Despite not having visited WVU yet, he said the Mountaineers have already made an impression through on-field performance.
“They stand out, especially because it sounds like their defense is something I want to be a part of, and they have been a strong football team for a long time,” Hines told WV Sports Now.
The entire recruiting process has been a blessing for Hines, allowing him to get to know numerous coaching staffs around the country and see how each individual school operates.
“The recruiting process has been going well for me,” Hines said. “As I talk to more coaches, I get to know more about other schools and what some schools do differently than others.”
While neither 247Sports nor Rivals has officially projected Hines yet, seeing as he’s only a sophomore, he’s been a bit more active on the recruiting trail this fall. He’s made visits to Florida State and Notre Dame already this season, and he’s been invited to a UCF game later this season.
In the meantime, however, he’s helped guide Woodward to an unbeaten 9-0 record this season, racking up 45 tackles (23 solo), two tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and recovery and a blocked field goal.
Woodward faces a large test Friday in the form of 8-1 Creekside, and Hines will have the chance to show out in a battle for the regional championship.