Towering tackle target talks new Maryland offer, spring visit tour

Avon Old Farms (CT) offensive tackle Jack Hines has watched his recruitment pick up this year with Rutgers, Florida State, Wake Forest, UNC and Boston College jumping into the mix for the 6-foot-7 tackle. Maryland has a pair of draft-eligible tackles heading into the 2023 season with Gottlieb Ayedze and DJ Glaze anchoring the line as the staff looks ahead to solidify the future.

New assistant Zac Spavital was the one to connect with Hines to give him a fresh introduction about the Terps. “It was definitely out of the blue. Coach [Zac Spavital] DMed me to call him so we hopped on the phone,” Hines told IBG. “He was telling me he wanted to get down there sometime and they’re going to come down to my school to show that they’re interested.”

Hines admitted that “besides that they’re in Maryland,” his knowledge about Maryland is limited. But there would be a motivating reason for him to eventually schedule a trip to College Park.

“If they come out here and show me love, that’ll definitely change my thinking and maybe I want to go down there and check out the campus.” Hines is set to part in a showcase at his school on May 15 as he added the Terps are among the long list of schools who are expected to be in attendance.

Meanwhile, Hines is coming off an extended tour over his spring break where he was able to get a closer look at the bulk of the schools who’ve offered so far. “I went out to Rutgers, Boston College, Wake Forest, Louisville, West Virginia, Kentucky, Syracuse.”

Hines’ trip to Happy Valley at the end of March also caught his eye with the Nittany Lions showing interest. “I was at Penn State two weeks ago for spring practice. The culture is really good. The players are really good. The coaches are cool. It’s a good program for a reason.”

Next up for Hines is a return trip to Rutgers this upcoming Saturday.

Hines is not yet rated by On3, but checks in as a three-star and 86 overall according to 247Sports.

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