Jun 13, 2014
High school football fans in the Triangle are familiar with the name Nyheim Hines.
The Garner High School running back rushed for over 3,100 yards and 50 touchdowns last season and has solidified himself among the top backs in the Class of 2015.
Even though he has the numbers to back it up, there's no bragging coming from Hines.
"I can't really think about that. My job is to be at Garner and do my best to win," he said. "I didn't really know I had 3,000 yards until the end of the season ... I really didn't look at it. I don't care if I have 20 yards or 100 yards in a game, as long as we win, that's all I care about."
Winning is something Garner is used to. Last season the Trojans compiled a 10-4 overall record, falling to Middle Creek in the third round of the state playoffs.
The 1987 Trojans team is the last Wake County football team to win a state championship. Garner has a lot of respect on the gridiron, and Hines doesn't take the program's reputation for granted.
"It's a target on our back. We've had over 30 years of success at Garner so every night we're getting the best shot from everybody," said Hines. "Every year I feel it's Garner's year unless someone takes it from us, so I feel like this year we have a great shot."
Hines has had the opportunity to play in front of a supportive community too.
"The whole town knows about football ... If you're in the town of Garner, you know what's going on with Garner High School football," said Hines.
Garner has produced big time talent in the past. Hines is now a top 100 player in the country, according to 247Sports.com. Along with that attention comes a lot phone calls and messages from college coaches. Hines has more than 20 offers on the table, and that can become overwhelming.
"It's a blessing. I'd rather be annoyed by coaches than not know where I'm going my senior year so it's really great to be in this position," said Hines.
"It's really amazing. There are some places that I grew up loving that you don't even know if you'll like them now; like a coach who you've always looked up to on TV and you're actually in his office talking to him, it's really overwhelming and a blessing that you can't believe honestly," he added.
Hines said he plans to commit in either September or October.
So how did Hines end up in this position? He credits another sport – track.
"Track got me to where I am in football, so I really like both of them because without track I wouldn't be as good as I am at football," Hines said.
Hines had runner-up finishes in the N.C. High School Athletic Association state championships this year. He runs the 100 meter dash and also participates in hurdle events.
He also credits his ability on offense to his time playing defense.
"My speed helps out too, but it's really that I know a lot of defenses, so I know where the creases are either on passing routes or running," said Hines.
Garner fans can expect to see Hines scoring lots of touchdowns this fall, but Hines will only have one thing on his mind.
"It's been a great ride but it's my last go-round, so I'm going to give it everything I've got because I don't have a ring on my finger, so that's really what I'm aiming for," he said.
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