Nature has smiled on him and he has grown physically,now 6-1 185lbs. Several months in the weight room has given him a much stronger arm and more confidence. This past weekend, there was first hand evidence that the improvement was true, and he played a positive role in Indiana's success at the New Level Scout 7 on 7 at Columbus, Ohio.
In between games at the Woody Hayes Center, I caught up with Alex and we leaned against the wall and talked about his improvement, hopes and aspirations as he approaches his senior year and where he wants to play his college football.
Hines is coming off a junior year that saw him throw for 1211 yards and rush for 259 yards. Fishers High School plays in class 5A (Indiana's largest class). Fishers High School, one of Indiana's newest high schools, was established in 2006, and the football team has steadily improved and plays with its sister school, Hamilton Southeastern, in the Hoosier Crossroads conference.
There is no doubt that Alex is goal oriented and would like nothing better than to play football in college. He realizes that the most important goal is to get the best education possible. He talks about the academic schools of the Ivy League as a first choice just because of the world class education they offer to students. "The Ivy Leagues interests me because of the opportunities they afford after you graduate. They open up a large doorway of possibilities, especially in the medical or pharmacy field."
But he also plans to continue his path of improvement in football by attending spring camps and one day camps this summer. He plans a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina for a spring football camp opportunity. One day camps are also in his future. Hines is not only extremely motivated, he is also a very intelligent football player. With an eye toward schools like Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale and Penn, he will improve his game as he grows stronger.
He has leadership skills that were displayed at the New Level 7 on 7 in Columbus. He rallied several times to bring team Indiana when they were behind. He adapted to the speed of the game. He went through his reading progressions and did all he was asked at a very high level of competence - which is exactly what you would expect from a player whose aspiration is to be the ultimate student athlete in the Ivy League.