It comes as no surprise that Anthony Hines (Plano, TX / Plano East) will be using his final allocated official visit with the Ohio State Buckeyes. The elite inside linebacker has reportedly been considering taking an official visit to Columbus for the last couple weeks, but scheduling has seemed to be a problem. However, the elite linebacker confirmed with Scout.com that he will be finally in town this weekend when Ohio State hosts Nebraska – in what should be a great recruiting environment.
Hines is one of the most sought-after prospects in the 2017 recruiting class. The four-star holds nearly 90 offers and is seen as the No. 2 ILB overall, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Ohio State has been highly active in his recruitment and it seems to have paid off, earning one of his five official visits.
As previously mentioned, the visit this weekend will be the fifth and final official visit, as he has already used one with Texas A&M, Penn State, Florida and UCLA. It is also believed that the Under Armour All-American will be making a decision soon after his visits are completed.
This will not be the first visit to Columbus for Hines, as the 6-foot-2.5, 222-pound backer spent three days in a row at Ohio State this past summer leaving some to believe Ohio State was becoming the favorite in his recruitment. Unfortunately, it seems that momentum has died down and the favorite looks to be Texas A&M.
Whichever program ends up landing this blue-chip prospect will be getting a proven talent. Hines has racked up 584 tackles in his high school career and already has 189 this season.
Look for the Buckeyes to roll out the red carpet for Hines, as the program has been unsuccessful at locking up a recruit at the linebacker position in 2017. While OSU may be the underdog in his recruitment, having a chance to make a lasting impression on Hines could be key.
Buckeyes have a big recruiting weekend
As mentioned, Ohio State will be hosting Nebraska Saturday night, setting up a prime recruiting environment in Columbus. So it is not surprising that there will be multiple recruits in attendance.
One of the bigger names that will be on campus is four-star safety Bubba Bolden (Las Vegas, NV / Bishop Gorman). Current teammate and Buckeye commit Tate Martell will also be in attendance:
I can't wait to be in Columbus this weekend!— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) October 31, 2016
Big weekend for #SELECT17!
Martell has been active in recruiting other elite prospects to join him at Ohio State and is a big reason why the Buckeyes have been able to achieve the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the country. Because Martell will be there with him, the Buckeyes should be seen as a favorite to potentially land Bolden. Make sure to keep up with Land-Grant Holy Land for any updates in his recruitment.